Intelsat signs MDA to perform in-space refueling of its communications satellites

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Intelsat signs MDA to perform in-space refueling of its communications satellites.

The concept of refueling geosynchronous satellites has been lurking about the aerospace industry for years. According to this deal, we should see an actual mission in about five years.


One comment

  • Kelly Starks

    We’ve refueled stations adn such, but never a commercial sat – or anything in GEO sync. Also, I’m pretty sure the sat was not designed to be refueled, so they tanker sat has to tap in its own refueling socket.

    Be interesting to see if it works – and if it turns out to be cheaper then just launching a freash sat with full tanks.

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