Development of On-Orbit Servicing concepts, technology options and roadmap (part I): Commercial aspects

David Grover, Shane Jacobs, Viqar Abbasi, Duncan Cree, Marianne Daae, Jason Hay, Weiliang He, Xiaohu Huang, Zhou Jun, Stephen Kearney, Toshinori Kuwahara, Fiorenzo Lenzi, Halit Mirahmetoglu, Scott Morley, Masato Otani, Massimiliano Pastena, Martina Pinni, Julia Schwartz, Karin Shala, Jian Feng ShiJasvinder Singh Khoral, Manfred Steinkellner, David Treat, Steve Ulrich, Peter Verheyden, Xiao Yong Wang, Charity Weeden

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Abstract

On-Orbit Servicing has the potential to completely reshape the satellite industry, but for the technology to become common-place, the commercial benefits must be apparent. This paper first examines the economics of servicing missions, demonstrating the potential financial gains possible through viable de-orbiter and life extension concepts, as well as a component exchange service in Geostationary Orbit. The system trades and the resulting architecture are presented, and an economically viable mission concept is discussed. The analysis uses current commercial satellite revenue generation and capital expenditure statistics, and for the analysis of the exchange service, assumes a landscape 20 years in the future where satellite design incorporates some levels of standardization. The system design costs and pricing points necessary to make the exchange mission economically viable are calculated. The findings of this paper are that On-Orbit Servicing missions, including life extension missions in the near future and component exchange services in the mid-term are economically viable possibilities and could be pursued by satellite operators or private companies.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)203-212
Number of pages10
JournalJBIS - Journal of the British Interplanetary Society
Volume61
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2008 Jun 1
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Economics
  • Life extension
  • On-Orbit Servicing
  • Orbital replacement unit
  • Satellite industry
  • Telecommunications

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Space and Planetary Science

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    Grover, D., Jacobs, S., Abbasi, V., Cree, D., Daae, M., Hay, J., He, W., Huang, X., Jun, Z., Kearney, S., Kuwahara, T., Lenzi, F., Mirahmetoglu, H., Morley, S., Otani, M., Pastena, M., Pinni, M., Schwartz, J., Shala, K., ... Weeden, C. (2008). Development of On-Orbit Servicing concepts, technology options and roadmap (part I): Commercial aspects. JBIS - Journal of the British Interplanetary Society, 61(6), 203-212.