Technology: February 2017 Archives

Orbital ATK Sues DARPA Over MDA's SSL GEO Satellite Servicing Contract, SpaceQ

"The days of on-orbit servicing, or satellite servicing, living in obscurity are over. On February 7, Orbital ATK, Inc. and their subsidiary Space Logistics LLC, filed a lawsuit in the Eastern District of Virginia to stop the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) from awarding Space Systems Loral (SSL), a subsidiary of Canada's MDA, a contract to to develop satellite servicing of spacecraft in geostationary orbit (GEO) for the Robotic Servicing of Geosynchronous Satellites (RSGS) program."


- DARPA Selects SSL as Commercial Partner for Revolutionary Goal of Servicing Satellites in GEO

- NASA Awards Contract for Refueling Mission Spacecraft

- Orbital ATK sues Pentagon over plans to award a space robots contract to a Canadian-owned firm, Washington Post

"Orbital argues that the federal program, called the Robotic Servicing of Geosynchronous Satellites, would unfairly compete with its own privately funded effort, a system called the Mission Extension Vehicle 1, backed by at least $200 million from investors. The company has set up at a production facility in Northern Virginia, with a launch planned for next year."



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