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Factory-in-space prototype gets the go ahead, storm on a teeny star, rare shot of Antarctca from space....

14 Dec 2015, 17:21 UTC
Factory-in-space prototype gets the go ahead, storm on a teeny star, rare shot of Antarctca from space....
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Hi all, I'm away for a couple of days after this, so see you the end of the week! Space Systems Loral asked by NASA's Tipping Point program to develop in-space satellite factoryNASA is getting serious about the idea of satellite factories in space, and has tapped Space Systems Loral to develop a ground based proof of concept for the idea. This will be part of NASA's Tipping Point program, and builds on SSL's DARPA funded Dragonfly study, which established the theoretical feasibility of the idea."NASA's Tipping Point program enables SSL to qualify new technologies for the commercial market while at the same time providing advances for future NASA missions," said John Celli, president of SSL. "Satellites assembled on-orbit using our integrated robotics capability will be capable of higher performance than satellites that can be launched today. An added benefit will be antennas that can be moved and changed during a satellite's mission life for flexibility and to accommodate changing market requirements." SSL has experience building robotics for the Space Shuttle, the International Space Station and the Mars landers and rovers.Above: An artists impression of a communications satellite in orbit. courtesy of ...Student experiment discovers vast ring of dust filling our ...

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