Posted: February 10, 2017 at 8:44 am
Layer 8 is written by Michael Cooney, an online news editor with Network World.
DARPA is going to have to contend with an Earth-bound problem if it is to get its plan to service satellites in geosynchronous orbit into space.
The agency this week said it had picked Space Systems Loral (SSL) as its commercial partner to develop technologies under its Robotic Servicing of Geosynchronous Satellites (RSGS) program that would enable cooperative inspection and servicing of satellites in geosynchronous orbit (GEO), more than 20,000 miles above the Earth, and demonstrate those technologies on orbit.
+More on Network World: How to catch a 400lb drone traveling at full speed+
But SSL competitor Orbital ATF promptly filed a lawsuit looking to stop the award.
Inside Defense.com reported that according to the complaintfiled in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, Orbital ATK is seeking a permanent injunction that would prohibit further action on DARPA’s Robotic Servicing of Geospatial Satellites program as well as a judgment that the project violates the National Space Policy and the Administrative Procedure Act. Orbital ATK says in its lawsuit that it has long worked on in-space satellite servicing. It is developing the Mission Extension Vehicle, which it describes as a “satellite life extension service for GEO satellites.
According to the Orbital website the MEV docks with customers existing satellites providing the propulsion and attitude control needed to extend their lives. The MEV is capable of docking with virtually all-geosynchronous satellites with minimal interruption to operations. It will let satellite operators significantly extend satellite mission life, activate new markets, drive asset value and protect their franchises. Orbital subsidiary Space Logistics LLC delivers life extension services that are flexible, scalable, capital-efficient and low-risk.
In a release, today (Feb. 9) DARPA said RSGS will demonstrate a suite of capabilities critical to national security and not currently available or anticipated to be offered commercially in the near term, including ultra-close inspection, repair of mechanical anomalies, and installation of technical packages on the exterior of US satellites, all of which require highly dexterous robotic arms. DARPA has already designed and created the required robotic arms.
Under the RSGS program, a DARPA-developed modular toolkit (the robotic payload), including hardware and software, would be joined to a privately developed spacecraft to create a commercially operated robotic servicing vehicle that could make house calls in space, DARPA stated.
DARPA said its role will be to contribute the robotics technology, expertise, and a government-provided launch while SSL would contribute the satellite to carry the robotic payload, integration of the payload onto it and the RSV to the launch vehicle, and the mission operations center and staff.
Since there are roughly four times as many commercial satellites in GEO as Government satellites, DARPA elected to find a commercial partner capable of servicing both in order to lower the cost of servicing to the Government and commercial entities and collect a broader range of research data. This partnership approach will enable the fastest deployment of RSGS capability, DARPA wrote.
DARPA continued: After a successful on-orbit demonstration of the robotic servicing vehicle, SSL would own and operate the vehicle and make cooperative servicing available to both military and commercial GEO satellite owners on a fee-for-service basis. In exchange for providing government property to SSL, the government will obtain reduced priced servicing of its satellites and access to commercial satellite servicing data throughout the operational life of the RSV.
Government-developed RSGS technologies would not become the exclusive property of DARPAs commercial partner but would be shared with other qualified and interested U.S. space companies. Qualified companies would be able to obtain and license the technology through cooperative research and development agreements.
+More on Network World: DARPA wants to give dead, in-orbit satellites new life+
In December, DARPA proposed consortium of industry players that will research, develop, and publish standards for safe commercial robotic servicing operations in Earths orbit. Specifically, DARPA said it wants to create the Consortium for Execution of Rendezvous and Servicing Operations or CONFERS that looks to establish a forum that would use best practices from government and industry to research, develop and publish non-binding, consensus-derived technical and safety standards for on-orbit servicing operations. In doing so, the program would provide a clear technical basis for definitions and expectations of responsible behavior in outer space. In the end the ultimate goal is to provide the technical foundation to shape safe and responsible commercial space operations to preserve the safety of the global commons of space, DARPA stated.
Recent technological advances have made the longstanding dream of on-orbit robotic servicing of satellites a near-term possibility. The potential advantages of that unprecedented capability are enormous. Instead of designing their satellites to accommodate the harsh reality that, once launched, their investments could never be repaired or upgraded, satellite owners could use robotic vehicles to physically inspect, assist, and modify their on-orbit assets. That could significantly lower construction and deployment costs while dramatically extending satellite utility, resilience, and reliability, DARPA stated. But these efforts all face a major roadblock: the lack of clear, widely accepted technical and safety standards for responsible performance of on-orbit activities involving commercial satellites, including rendezvous and proximity operations that dont involve physical contact with satellites and robotic servicing operations that would. Without these standards, the long-term sustainability of outer space operations is potentially at risk.
Check out these other hot stories:
Cisco Umbrella cloud service shapes security for cloud, mobile resources
Cisco grows cloud menu, brings Microsoft Azure Stack into UCS
Gartner: Algorithm-based technology patents are raging
NASA has a shadow IT problem
IBM and Ericsson tout 5G array advance for IoT, virtual reality
Juniper founder, CTO Sindhu cuts role to focus on startup
How to catch a 400lb drone traveling at full speed
Cisco: Faulty clock part could cause failure in some Nexus switches, ISR routers, ASA security appliances
US Immigration and Customs Enforcement nabs $20M in fake sports gear ahead of Super Bowl 51
IRS warns on ever-changing dangerous W-2 phishing scam
See the original post here:
DARPA hits snag in GEO satellite service plan – Network World
- Life Extension and Insilico Medicine Use Artificial Intelligence to Develop Ageless Cell - WholeFoods Magazine - March 28th, 2017
- Texas A&M Agri-Life Extension Invites Resident to Partake in - RGVProud - March 28th, 2017
- Editorial March 29 2017 - Illawarra Mercury - March 28th, 2017
- Who wants to live forever? Transhumanism's promise of eternal life - Irish Times - March 18th, 2017
- Life Extension Science Live Forever and Don't Pay Taxes - Nanalyze - February 23rd, 2017
- A UO lab digs into worms in the quest to lengthen human life - AroundtheO - February 21st, 2017
- When Screening for Disease, Risk is as Important to Consider as ... - University of Virginia - February 20th, 2017
- Should We Die? - The Atlantic - February 18th, 2017
- Evolution approves Cowal life extension project - Creamer Media's Mining Weekly - February 17th, 2017
- Major South African coal extension project on cards South32 - Creamer Media's Mining Weekly - February 17th, 2017
- Batteroo Boost, The Battery Life Extender Is Now Available Worldwide - PR Newswire (press release) - February 17th, 2017
- Why Do People Want to Live So Long, Anyway? - TIME - February 17th, 2017
- Only Human - New Republic - February 17th, 2017
- Private Space Company Suing US Gov't For Stealing Their Idea ... - Daily Caller - February 15th, 2017
- SRS's Melter 2 to be replaced | News | northaugustastar.com - The Star - February 15th, 2017
- Acacia Mining sees 40 percent boost from mine extension | Reuters - Reuters - February 15th, 2017
- Double-blind, randomized crossover study of intravenous infusion of ... - PR Newswire (press release) - February 15th, 2017
- Radical Life Extension Is Already Here, But We're Doing it ... - February 13th, 2017
- Orbital ATK Sues DARPA Over Satellite-Repairing Robots | Inverse - Inverse - February 13th, 2017
- Human Life Could Be Extended Indefinitely, Study Suggests - EconoTimes - February 10th, 2017
- There is No Limit to Human Life Extension - Futurism - February 8th, 2017
- Orbital ATK files suit against DARPA - Inside Defense (subscription) - February 8th, 2017
- Biotechnology xpert Jamie Metzl addresses realities of genetics revolution, Feb. 9 - Vail Daily News - February 8th, 2017
- Life Extension - iHerb.com - January 19th, 2017
- Amazon.com: Life Extension Super K with Advanced K2 Complex ... - December 3rd, 2016
- Heart / Circulation - Life Extension Vitamins - December 2nd, 2016
- Life extension - Wikipedia - October 25th, 2016
- Life Extension Super Bio-Curcumin -- 400 mg - 60 ... - Vitacost - October 18th, 2016
- Life Extension - Page 1 - Health Food Emporium - September 24th, 2016
- Hormone / Prostate - Life Extension Vitamins - July 26th, 2016
- Directory of Innovative Anti-Aging Doctors, Health And ... - July 18th, 2016
- Life Extension Mix Tablets, 315 tablets - July 8th, 2016
- New... - Life Extension Vitamins - June 30th, 2016
- Alcor Life Extension Foundation - Wikipedia, the free ... - February 19th, 2016
- Alcor Procedures - Alcor Life Extension Foundation - February 14th, 2016
- Most Popular - Life Extension Vitamins - February 12th, 2016
- About Us - Life Extension - January 27th, 2016
- Life Extension Supplements/Products: Antioxidants, Anti ... - November 4th, 2015
- Ann Arbor Life Extension - October 28th, 2015
- Life Extension Technology and Tissue Regeneration - October 25th, 2015
- The Las Vegas A4M Conference - Life Extension - September 22nd, 2015
- Life Extension - September 9th, 2015
- Life Extension: Durk Pearson, Sandy Shaw: 9780446512299 ... - September 3rd, 2015
- Life Extension diet & fitness | drugstore.com - September 2nd, 2015
- Vitamins & Supplements | Life Extension Europe - September 2nd, 2015
- Life Extension News - Life Enhancement Products - September 2nd, 2015
- Life Extension Manual - A Guide to Anti-aging, Genomes, and ... - September 2nd, 2015
- Life Extension - Reviews - eVitamins.com - September 2nd, 2015
- Life Extension - Products on Sale, Coupons, Reviews, Free ... - August 22nd, 2015
- About Life Extension: Anti-Aging, Health Supplements ... - August 7th, 2015
- The Life Extension Blog - July 14th, 2015
- Life Extension Vitamins | Health Supplements | Garcinia ... - May 22nd, 2015
- NEWS - Life Extension - May 22nd, 2015
- Life extension science, also known as anti-aging medicine, - Video - May 4th, 2015
- Life extension deniers part 3: their ignorance and stupidity - Video - May 4th, 2015
- An argument with a life extension denier - Video - May 4th, 2015
- Forever Young - Short Documentary (Regenerative Medicine/Life Extension) - Video - May 4th, 2015
- Life extension - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia - May 4th, 2015
- Life Extension Information, Research and Products - May 4th, 2015