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In-Orbit Servicing, Assembly and Manufacture Opportunities for Telecom Missions ARTES study led by Airbus Defence & Space forms one of the first vital steps toward creating a new economic activity in space. Indeed, the study objective is to elaborate future value proposition by identifying and analysing the opportunities that in-orbit servicing, assemble and manufacture may bring to the satcom sector from a technical and business perspective.
To that end, the study gathers the voice of satellite manufacturer, IOSAM provider and operators. It follows a funnel approach starting with a creative and open process to generate innovative scenarios tailored for business reality and raising interest for all satcom stakeholders.
After a first identification and pre-assessment phase, the following study tasks focus on most promising scenarios elaboration and analyses in order to define development and technology roadmaps that would make them happen.
Such project can truly help advance ESA’s programme formulation of a future European development programme for commercially viable in-space services that create breakthroughs in market pull from end users and operators.
From Airbus perspective and lesson learnt from past projects, IOSAM will enable more versatility, more flexibility and growth capacity, more capacity/better performances, longer lifetime of satellites and even new missions and usages.
IOSAM will propose:
If the satcom sector could be one of the first addressable markets, the Earth observation, the Exploration and the Science will largely benefit from IOSAM capabilities, accelerated by Moon and Mars race.
The study encloses 4 main tasks whose outcomes are discussed in phased progress meeting:
First task aiming at identifying scenarios of interest has been successfully done through an open and creative approach including an open operators’ workshop day in ESTEC. By combining operators first brainstorming results with the satellite manufacturer and IOSAM provider view, nine promising scenarios have been retained for the task 2. Activities of task 2 are on-going and focus on elaborating a bit more on those 9 scenarios to provide a technical and business viability preliminary assessment. This analytical work will prepare the down-selection of 2 baseline scenarios and a work plan for task 3.