We recall the recent success of Northrop Grumman’s MEV-1 in taking control of Intelsat 901, the first ever docking of two commercial satellites. Building on that, two GEO satellite operators are looking at how to keep their satellites operating longer:

Xtar, Hisdesat weigh life extension for aging satellites

After all, as Intelsat’s Steve Spengler said, “If a satellite is making money, why would you want to throw it away?” Today we have a way of solving that problem.