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Orbital ATK wants to have a complete fleet of satellite maintenance vehicles

The manufacturer is currently developing EMV1 and EMV2, which were contracted by Intelsat to make improvements in orbit to the Intelsat 9 series and other devices. The next step is to add robotic tools to add precision to tasks in space, ranging from refueling to component replacement.

The satellite sector explores options to make the fleets in orbit profitable and save on manufacturing and launching, either with landings in the LEO segment or reuse components of launch vehicles. A third variant that operators begin to evaluate is to maintain their satellites in orbit (in-orbit servicing) to extend their useful life after fifteen years, with three objectives: to increase the value of investments; explore new geographical markets with the transfer to new orbital positions; and in the future, enable more advanced capabilities with infrastructure already deployed.

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