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SSCO is a multifaceted team... built from the Hubble servicing legacy . . . that is studying satellite servicing . . . advancing new technologies . . . and conducting demonstrations in multiple environments . . . to help make missions more reliable and resilient.

About SSCO

Comprised of the same team that conducted the five successful servicing missions to the Hubble Space Telescope, NASA's Satellite Servicing Capabilities Office (SSCO) was established in 2009 to continue NASA's 30-year legacy of satellite servicing and repair.

Through their efforts, SSCO is working to:
  1. Advance the state of robotic servicing technology to enable the routine servicing of satellites that were not designed with servicing in mind.
  2. Position the U.S. to be the global leader in in-space repair, maintenance and satellite disposal.
  3. Help to enable a future U.S. industry for the servicing of satellites.

What are Satellite Servicing Capabilities?

Satellite servicing capabilities stretch from on-orbit spacecraft refueling and repair, to the assembly of large structures in orbit, to modular designs that allow for spacecraft upgradability. These are capabilities that offer mission operators options for extended mission operations, upgradability, reconfiguration, and recovery.

Satellite Servicing Technology Development Campaign

SSCO is developing, maturing, and testing a suite of integrated technologies that enable servicing capabilities in low and geosynchronous Earth orbit. These include:
  1. Autonomous rendezvous and proximity operations system
  2. Dexterous robotics
  3. High-speed, fault-tolerant computing
  4. Advanced robotic tools
  5. Non-cooperative propellant transfer

Proving Technologies, Studying Parameters

A robust technology development campaign conducted on-orbit, in the air and on the ground is testing and demonstrating SSCO's technology portfolio. Notable highlights and milestones include: