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To catch a star: the technical and geopolitical arguments for autonomous on-orbit satellite servicing

This article was written by IWP doctoral candidate Matthew Jenkins. On April 12, Northrop Grumman’s Mission Extension Vehicle-2 (MEV-2) successfully docked with a geostationary communications satellite, Intelsat 10-02. It is easy to see the applications for this technology. Besides extending the lives of satellites running out of propellant, for example, one can imagine satellites carrying…

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