PALO ALTO, CA, July 18, 2014 /CNW/ - Space Systems/Loral (SSL), a leading provider of commercial satellites, today announced that it was one of the companies selected by NASA to study system concepts and key technologies for NASA's Asteroid Redirect Mission, which is expected to be a key part of the agency's path to sending
humans to Mars. SSL will conduct two studies; one that examines using MDA robotic technology for asteroid capture, and one that examines adapting commercial
spacecraft for the Asteroid Redirect Vehicle.
"SSL is committed to helping NASA leverage the value of commercial
partnerships," said John Celli, president of SSL. "The Asteroid Redirect Mission is an excellent
example of how we can bring together SSL's commercial bus and MDA
robotics technology in support of NASA programs."
SSL's "Autonomous Boulder Liberation Equipment" study will demonstrate
robotic arms for placement and handling of pneumatic excavation tools,
boulder jacking devices, and positive capture and restraint tools.
SSL will also examine how to adapt commercial spacecraft for the
Asteroid Redirect Vehicle and will define system concepts that leverage
SSL's commercial bus, the SSL 1300. With 74 commercial satellites based on this platform currently in
geostationary orbit, it provides a very cost-effective and well-proven
design that can be adapted to a variety of applications.
SSL has already proven its capability to leverage its commercial
platform in support of NASA initiatives with the propulsion system for
NASA's recent Lunar Atmosphere Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) spacecraft, which successfully completed its mission earlier this year.
In a statement released last month, James Reuther, deputy associate administrator for Space Technology at NASA
Headquarters in Washington said: "By investing in these studies, NASA
will gain valuable insight into affordable ways to perform the Asteroid
Redirect Mission while also advancing technologies needed to drive
future exploration missions."
SSL, a subsidiary of MDA, has a long history of delivering reliable
satellites and spacecraft systems for commercial and government
customers around the world. As a leading provider of commercial
satellites, the company works closely with satellite operators to
provide spacecraft for a broad range of services including television
and radio distribution, digital audio radio, broadband Internet, mobile
communications, and Earth Observation. Billions of people around the
world depend on SSL satellites every day. For more information, visit www.sslmda.com.
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