SpaceWatch Opinion: On-orbit Servicing, a Double-edged Sword

#SpaceWatchGL Opinion: On-Orbit Servicing, a double-edged sword
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Effective Space As orbital traffic continues to expand and flourish, on-orbit sustainability efforts must also evolve. On-Orbit Servicing (OOS) can renovate degrading space assets and advance space sustainability through in-space manufacturing, orbit modification, refurbishment, and resource replenishment. However, the very nature of and intricacy in conducting OOS operations can create the potential for national security threats. OOS is inherently dual-use, and through these technological achievements, a new arena for armed conflict is emerging. Societal reliance on space-based applications is habitually overlooked and understated. Ensuring the sustainability of space is absolutely vital to human innovation and progress, […]

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