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ENCORE – In-Orbit Servicing of an Operational Spacecraft

Thu, 07/13/2023 - 17:31
Start Date: 
2022
Programme: 
Preparation
End Date: 
2022
Programme Reference: 
21-P-M-OPS-04
Country: 
United Kingdom
Contractor: 
ClearSpace
Status: 
Closed
Description: 

The market for life‐extension services for geostationary orbit (GEO) satellites is expected to remain healthy for the foreseeable future: over the last 20 years, an average of 22 new GEO satellites were launched per year. In total, ClearSpace expects there will be 370 potential client satellites that will reach their end of life due to the limited fuel they have remaining over the 2026–2041 period. ClearSpace believes a strong market penetration rate is feasible, as more than 30% of all the potential satellites belong to just seven satellite operators. ClearSpace proposes a mission to extend the service life of a geostationary communications satellite that will have depleted all its fuel in 2028.

The ENCORE (Europe’s New Commercial Orbital Revenue Extension) mission is an opportunity for ClearSpace to leverage its existing developments performed on other missions to accelerate its market penetration and diversify its service offerings.

Application Domain: 
Space Safety
Technology Domain: 
11 - Space Debris
13 - Automation, Telepresence & Robotics
5 - Space System Control
9 - Mission Operation and Ground Data Systems
Competence Domain: 
7-Propulsion, Space Transportation and Re-entry Vehicles
8-Ground Systems and Mission Operations
10-Astrodynamics, Space Debris and Space Environment
Keywords: 
IOS
Servicing
OOS
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