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Capturing defective satellites in space – DLR awards contract to Astrium

A service satellite captures an uncontrollable satellite in space, repairs or refuels it and, at the end of the mission, ensures that the defective satellite is disposed of in a controlled manner. Something that sounds like science fiction is now a step closer to reality. The German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) Space Administration has awarded Astrium GmbH the overall system management contract for the mission preparation phase of the 'Deutsche Orbitale Servicing Mission', DEOS.

Full article at: http://www.dlr.de/dlr/en/desktopdefault.aspx/tabid-10081/151_read-5173/