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between OneWeb and Airbus, has an
assembly line located in Toulouse,
France, and in Exploration Park, near
the Kennedy Space Center, in Florida. As stated on Airbus' website, both
factories include "automation, test
equipment and data acquisition capabilities to shorten assembly times."
The organization is manufacturing
more than 800 satellites for its gen-1
constellation and plans to eventually
assemble more than 2,000 satellites.

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using robotics for in-space use, and
previously delivered robotics for the
Space Shuttle missions. Such robotics
will be deployed in the satellite servicing vehicle which will offer inspection
and evaluation of the satellites and
will provide repair, upgrade, refuel
and relocation services. So far, the
company has a contract with satellite
operator SES.
Meanwhile Orbital ATK will start
system-level testing their Mission
Extension Vehicle (MEV) this Spring.
The vehicle is set to launch later this
year, heading for an Intelsat spacecraft to provide the satellite with
life extension. This type of vehicle is
commonly referred to as a 'space tug'
as it attaches itself to the satellite to
extend the mission. The company is
also working on the MEV-2 mission,
also for Intelsat, which is due to take
place in the mid-2020s. A range of
other organizations are also exploring
satellite servicing missions including
Airbus and Effective Space Solutions.
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While the terrestrial satellite manufacturing industry is exploring different
paths, several organizations are experimenting with different ways of manufacturing and taking care of satellites.
In-space manufacturing and satellite servicing are two areas that will
take off in the space industry in the
coming years. The company Made In
Space is becoming an increasingly familiar name due to its success with a
3-D printer onboard the International
Space Station and the development of
the Archinaut mission. On the latter,
Made In Space works together with
Northrop Grumman, Oceaneering
Space Systems and NASA Ames Research Center.
Maxar Technologies' Space Infrastructure Services (SIS) is set to start
its satellite servicing missions in 2021.
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Conventional satellite manufacturers
are also exploring opportunities to enhance satellite production processes.
Lockheed Martin is reaching out to
entrepreneurs and innovators. In February 2018, the company introduced
its Open Space program, allowing
organizations and innovators to submit payload design new technologies
that could be integrated satellite platforms. For the Open Space program,
Lockheed Martin released the technical specifics of three of its satellites:
the LM-50, LM-400 and LM-2100.
Boeing is working on a large number

of commercial satellite orders, and
aims to produce the SES O3b mPower
satellites to be built at a much faster
rate. The satellites will be modular
and include built-in test capabilities.


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