Orion Space Solutions announced in Aug 2022 it was selected by the U.S. Space Force to develop three small satellites for a demonstration of on-orbit services in geostationary Earth orbit.
Product/Service - Tetra-5
- On-Orbit Servicing
Space Situational Awareness (SSA)
Propellant Refuel Station
- First launch
The $44.5 million contract is for the Tetra-5 mission, a project intended to help the Space Force figure out how to take advantage of commercial technologies to inspect objects in space, and to service geostationary satellites 22,000 miles above Earth that perform critical missions and are expensive to replace.
The Tetra-5 satellites will have sensors for rendezvous and proximity operations, and docking interfaces for refueling. Bidders have to install refueling ports in the satellites and have a choice of using interfaces developed by Orbit Fab or by Northrop Grumman.