The “space tug” SMART-OLEV – Prolong the satellites’ lifespan

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Many of the communication satellites in orbit are still in perfect condition, but are about to run out of fuel. Very costly, but there’s nothing one can do about it – until now. If a rescue mission proposal from a European industrial group proves a success, the satellites’ lifespan may be prolonged to the time the technology is out of date.

Many of the communication satellites in orbit are still in perfect condition, but are about to run out of fuel. Very costly, but there’s nothing one can do about it – until now. If a rescue mission proposal from a European industrial group proves a success, the satellites’ lifespan may be prolonged to the time the technology is out of date.

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