PALO ALTO, CA, Dec. 8, 2016 /PRNewswire/ - Space Systems Loral (SSL), a leading provider of innovative satellites and spacecraft systems, today announced that it was selected to provide a spacecraft bus to NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center for its Restore-L servicing mission. The Restore-L mission, which will demonstrate the ability to extend the life of a satellite in Low Earth Orbit (LEO), is scheduled to launch in 2020.
The Restore-L spacecraft will use robotics to grasp, refuel and relocate an existing U.S. government satellite already in LEO orbit with the goal of demonstrating tools, technologies and techniques that can be implemented on future government and commercial missions. The SSL spacecraft bus will provide the structure and power to support the mission. SSL will also provide critical hardware and services for development, deployment and operations including services for mission integration, test, and launch.
"We are pleased to work with NASA to provide a high performance spacecraft platform that will help make next generation satellite servicing a reality," said John Celli, president of SSL. "This mission will be a breakthrough in the way we think about satellites on orbit, which previously could not be touched after launch. By using the SSL 1300 production platform as the structure and power system for the spacecraft, the mission will benefit from the high performance, reliability and value that has been proven on more than a hundred missions."
The SSL 1300 is a large, powerful and reliable platform that has the flexibility to serve a broad range of missions ranging from space exploration to commercial communications. With more than 80 SSL 1300s on orbit today, it is the world's most popular spacecraft platform and it comes with a very predictable schedule and fixed price driven by the demands of the highly competitive spacecraft market.
Restore-L is being conducted under the Technology Demonstration Mission for the Space Technology Mission Directorate and NASA Headquarters. SSL is also contributing to a variety of other next generation U.S. government missions, including the Dragonfly mission for NASA and DARPA, which will demonstrate on orbit satellite assembly.
Space Systems Loral (SSL) is a leading provider of commercial satellites with broad expertise to support satellite operators and innovative space related missions. The company designs and manufactures spacecraft for services such as direct-to-home television, video content distribution, broadband internet, mobile communications, and Earth observation. As a Silicon Valley innovator for more than 50 years, SSL's advanced product line also includes state-of-the-art small satellites, and sophisticated robotics and automation solutions for remote operations. For more information, visit www.sslmda.com.
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