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On-Orbit Servicing is part of a future major disruption in the space landscape, it will soon revolutionize space transportation and the way we use space. Airbus O. CUBED Services will be operated by a new class of spacecraft, known as SpaceTug's, the genuine enablers of such services. The SpaceTug family relies on advanced robotics, electric propulsion, vision based navigation and Rendezvous and proximity technics. 

End to End On-Orbit Services are offered in three main domains:

• GEO Maintenance & Inspection services targeting GEO Telecom fleets,

• Logistics services target both GEO satellite fleets (spacecraft delivery to GEO) and LEO constellation deployment,

• Clean-up services for active debris removal.

GEO Servicing

Docking to the client spacecraft is the first step of a Maintenance Service

The end to End Services offered to Telecom Operator Fleets allow them to maximize their fleet’s value and get increased flexibility.

• Life Extension services, by refueling or saving fuel like tugging to a graveyard orbit, is an opportunity to get extra money from the fleet.

• Relocation services offer a better optimization of the fleet operations

• Upgrade services will allow to adapt the mission during the spacecraft lifetime with payload swap for instance.

• Inspection services will ensure situational awareness service

Logistics Services

Life Extension Service will maximize Telecom operators’ fleet value

Tugging services is offered as a transportation mission service. The SpaceTug in its Carrier version can be either directly stacked to the cargo/spacecraft itself into the launcher, either can grab the load previously launched to a RendezVous orbit (LEO or NRHO for Near Rectilinear Halo Orbit) by a launcher in the case the SpaceTug is already orbiting in space waiting for its passenger.

The targeted missions are:

• GEO Delivery Service: the orbit raising is performed by the SpaceTug carrying the Telecom satellite from LEO directly to GEO

• Constellation deployment Service: the satellites are dispatched on different planes and the dispenser is then de-orbited in order to keep the operational orbits free of debris

Clean Up Services

Cleaning up Service will contribute to maintain a safe environment for operational assets

Space debris are a major threat for the future of space infrastructures. Airbus will soon offer Clean Up services to contribute to the debris mitigation challenge to reduce or prevent space debris and ensure our continued access to space. There are several capture technics currently being tested: deorbit modules, nets, harpoons, and deorbiting sails. Stationed in space and electrically propelled, the SpaceTug in its Cleaner version will approach and capture several large pieces of debris autonomously and then deorbit them either by lowering their orbit or bringing about their direct re-entry with a deorbiting kit. The applications may be launched in 2023.

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RemoveDEBRIS spacecraft launched from ISS with Airbus space debris capture removal technology

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