Tel Aviv: A “Space gas station” will keep satellites in orbit for longer periods. Astroscale US, a leading provider of on-orbit services and logistics across all orbits, has been awarded a $25.5 million contract to design and deliver to the United States Space Force (USSF) – a satellite to refuel other compatible satellites in space.
The launch-ready Astroscale Prototype Servicer for Refuelling, or APS-R, will be delivered by 2026.
“The advent of in-air refuelling completely changed the equation for the duration and distance of aircraft
missions,” said President and Managing Director of Astroscale US, Ron Lopez.
“The space industry is on the cusp of a similar fuel-led technological revolution, and I am thrilled that SSC has selected Astroscale US to develop APS-R to bring fuel to its client spacecraft. This innovation in on-orbit servicing will ultimately extend the range and mobility of satellites in orbit, allowing the USSF to do more with their operational assets. APS-R opens the door to rethinking the way satellites are designed and operated,marking a significant leap forward in the capabilities and sustainability of satellites in orbit,” Ron Lopez added.
“The competitive selection of Astroscale US for the development of APS-R marks a pivotal moment in advancing our Space Mobility and Logistics capabilities,” said Col Joyce Bulson, USSF Service Lead for
“Astroscale US’ innovative approach aligns seamlessly with the Space Force’s commitment to staying at the forefront of technological advancements. With APS-R, we are not merely extending the
operational life of satellites; we are enhancing our responsiveness, flexibility and overall mission capabilities. This collaboration signifies a bold step forward in our efforts to secure and strengthen the US Space Force’s position in an ever-evolving space domain, reinforcing our commitment to innovation and ensuring the sustainability of our space assets.”
“As we embark on this journey to revolutionize space operations, Astroscale US is honoured to partner with SSC’s Assured Access to Space Directorate and SpEC,” said Lopez.
“Our commitment to advancing space sustainability and mobility is unwavering. Together, we are shaping the future of on-orbit servicing, extending the reach of satellites, and empowering the US Space Force to navigate the complexities of the space domain with heightened flexibility, efficiency and capability. APS-R is not just about extending the life of satellites; it’s about expanding the possibilities of what we can achieve in space. Astroscale US is proud to be at the forefront of this transformative endeavour, propelling the space industry into a new era of innovation and exploration,” said Lopez.