Second International Workshop on On-Orbit Satellite Servicing Hosted and held at NASA's Goddard Space Flight CenterThe Second International Workshop on On-Orbit Satellite Servicing brought together principal and potential stakeholders of the growing satellite servicing community to discuss servicing plans, share future missions that could enable science exploration and new fleet strategies, and probe into the issues that could either stimulate or strangle the emerging commercial industry. Satellite bus providers, owners and operators, policy makers, insurance providers, legal advisors, finance providers, and other stakeholders had ample opportunity to cross-discuss ideas, concerns, and solutions during multiple presentations and panel discussions.

In the News

Workshop Planning Committee

+ Benjamin Reed, NASA/Goddard

Members and Session Chairs
+ Maj. Gen. James Armor, USAF (Ret.), ATK
+ Dr. Bryan Benedict, Intelsat
+ Dr. Yves Gonthier, CSA
+ Mr. Ed Horowitz, U.S. Space, LLC
+ Mr. Mark Quinn, Willis Inspace
+ Mr. Bernd Sommer, DLR
+ Mr. Steve Stich, NASA/Johnson
+ Mr. Al Tadros, Space Systems/Loral
+ Dr. Harley Thronson, NASA/Goddard
+ Mr. Ron Ticker, NASA Headquarters

Alternate Members
+ Mr. Ray Duffy, Willis Inspace
+ Prof. Dr. Gerhard Hirzinger, DLR
+ Mr. William MacKey, Canadian Embassy


Opening Remarks

Plenary Speeches

On-Orbit Robotic Refueling Mission (RRM) Status Briefing

What the Future Holds: Near-Term Servicing Plans

Session Chairs Speakers

Navigating the Obstacles to Servicing: Insurance, Policy, Finance and Legal Considerations

Session Chairs Speakers

Entering a Changing World: The Perspectives of Commercial Bus Providers on Servicing

Session Chairs Speakers

Expanding Options: Servicing from the Fleet Operators' Perspective

Session Chairs Speakers

Discussion topics

  1. Which international space treaties and policies apply to on-orbit satellite servicing, and how will they shape this emerging field?
  2. How would satellite servicing shift the paradigm among satellite providers, owner/operators, and underwriters?
  3. What standardized features could be incorporated near-term to stimulate a satellite-servicing industry, i.e., retro-targets?
  4. What has motivated space agencies and industries worldwide to pursue on-orbit satellite servicing, what will their programs deliver, and in what timeframe?
  5. How could satellite servicing impact human exploration and orbital debris mitigation?
  6. Which demonstrations in space and on the ground are advancing key satellite-servicing technologies?
  7. What financial and legal constraints will shape the business case for satellite servicing in geosynchronous Earth orbit?

Past Workshops

First International Workshop on On-Orbit Satellite Servicing
From March 24-26, 2010, NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) hosted an open international workshop to bring potential users and providers of on-orbit servicing capabilities together with the NASA GSFC Satellite Servicing Study Team. This three-day event drew together fifty-seven individual speakers and over 250 participants from industry, academia, NASA, other agencies, and international organizations. + Go to 2010 Workshop

03.30.2012 - Goddard Space Flight Center Director Chris Scolese kicked off the discussion by welcoming workshop participants and introducing
03.30.2012 - Dr. Robert Ambrose, Chief of the Software, Robotics, & Simulation Division of NASA's Johnson Space Center, gives an overview of the technological accomplishments and challenges to date with robotic satellite servicing capabilities. Credit: NASA
03.30.2012 - Jill McGuire, RRM Project Manager with NASA's Satellite Servicing Projects Division (left), and Andrew Keenan, Systems Engineer with the Canadian Space Agency (center), field questions following their presentations on the results of RRM operations to date. Workshop Chairman Benjamin Reed (right) moderates the panel. Credit: NASA
03.30.2012 - Kay Sears, President of Intelsat General Corporation and Plenary Speaker at the workshop, explains during Q&A that servicing older satellites can be profitable for commercial fleet operators. Credit: NASA
03.31.2012 - The Navigating the Obstacles to Servicing: Insurance, Policy, Finance and Legal Considerations panel members discuss the insurance, policy, finance, and legal considerations in on-orbit satellite servicing, confirming that there is still work to be done to meet the burgeoning industry. Credit: NASA
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