Earlier this year, Intelsat General announced that it partnered with MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates (MDA) to provide orbital refueling, an innovative service that would extend the life of in-orbit satellites. The ability to extend the life of in-orbit satellites has the potential to significantly impact the economics and improve the efficiency of communications satellites.
Intelsat General’s Richard DalBello recently presented on a panel called “New Techniques: Extending the Life of the Satellite” at SATCON 2011 that focused on the benefits and challenges of extending the life of in-orbit satellites. DalBello discussed the MDA partnership, the future of satellite servicing and how the U.S. government and global governments are embracing this new frontier and much more.
Be sure to check out the following video that highlights DalBello’s key points from that panel below.