Technological progress in spacecraft life extension, debris removal, space operations autonomy, and robotics will disrupt the traditional paradigm of spacecraft design, acquisition, launch, operations, and maintenance. A new generation of spacecraft designed specifically for In-space Servicing, Assembly, and Manufacturing (ISAM) is leading this charge towards a new space economy. Within the next few years, spacecraft refueling will be demonstrated and commercial fueling depots may emerge to enable increased on-orbit maneuverability and orbital anomaly recovery. There are many obstacles to overcome before an active, self-sustaining on-orbit economy is established, but recent demonstrations, developments, and investments in ISAM technologies will pave the path forward.
Read more in the paper from Center for Space Policy & Strategy, which mentiones our project TITAN and EROSS+ as the contribution in the recent, ongoing, and upcoming ISAM missions and services section of the paper.
Full paper can be found also here: Cavaciuti-Davis-Heying_ISAM_20220715.pdf (aerospace.org)