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On-Orbit Servicing, Active Debris Removal and Repurposing of Defunct Spacecraft

  • Joseph N. Pelton
Part of the Springer Praxis Books book series (PRAXIS)


There are many aspects of the NewSpace industries that tend to capture headlines. The idea of mining asteroids or new rocket systems that can be reused by landing them at precisely defined spots give rise to exciting television and helps to fire the human imagination. Two booster rockets landing together in synch produce great visuals that are immediately grasped even by small children. Not all of the NewSpace developments, like in-orbit refueling of a satellite, produce great theater.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Joseph N. Pelton
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  1. 1.International Association for the Advancement of Space SafetyArlingtonUSA

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