Space News recently reported that Canada’s MDA Corp. is on the verge of taking another run at satellite servicing five years after putting the effort on hold due to lack of commercial or government interest. The robotics specialist bought satellite-builder Space Systems Loral (SSL) in 2012, and now four years after the acquisition, MDA says it is close to deciding whether to jump back into satellite servicing. Space News’ Caleb Henry spoke to Avascent Analytics Analysis Manager David Belcher on the interest of in-orbit servicing as an industry, with Belcher noting that he is “slightly more optimistic” about its potential than a few years ago “simply because once someone signs a contract, it helps clarify things.”
Belcher went on to discuss the potential pitfalls of the industry including regulatory confusion and the determination of fault in the event of in-space damage, finally adding that government business will probably contribute an appreciable amount of demand: “the potential market for commercial servicers is probably pretty good largely due to the fact that I think there will probably be demand from governments for the service.”
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