This story was spotted by A.C.M. and passed along (with our thanks), and at first, it may not seem like it is very important, but just the internet equivalent to those types of "column filler" stories that newspapers used to run to fill up the page. Empty space in a newspaper, after all, was like dead air on the radio, and either one were potential "lost revenue". But it's actually a hugely important story:
Here's the basic nuts and bolts of the story:
Two aerospace firms accomplished an industry first on Monday, as a small Northrop Grumman spacecraft docked successfully with an active Intelsat satellite to provide service and extend its life.
Intelsat’s IS-10-02 satellite is nearly 18 years old, and operating well past its expected lifespan, but the Northrop Grumman-built spacecraft called MEV-2 will add another five years of life to IS-10-02, essentially re-fueling the satellite and giving it a new engine for control.
The companies hit a milestone in the growing business of servicing satellites while in space.
Extending the life of an active spacecraft in orbit has only been done with human help before—such as the Hubble telescope servicing missions conducted by NASA astronauts.
And that, basically, is the story.
So why is this big news as I contend, and not just a "column filler" story?
Bear with me here, because we're going to have to take a stroll around Harvey's Barn to sketch out the full significance. Firstly, satellites are still extraordinarily expensive things. One has to design them for whatever purpose, pay the design team (which itself paid a lot of money to learn how to do it), pay the manufacturer, and then buy the passage to put it up there, and pay the insurance company that insures it against something going wrong during launch, or while it's in orbit. If your multi-million dollar satellite just happens to hit a "rock" up there that knocks out a solar power panel rendering your satellite all but useless, chances are until now your insurance company would probably have just written you a check, rather than insist on repairs, which would have probably required a human repair team, launch on a Russian or Chinese rocket and that may have been more expensive than just writing off the satellite...
...and that's an extreme case of course, but as the article suggests, most satellites have small rockets for maneuverability, and to keep them in a stable orbital position. Once the fuel runs out, the orbit begins to decay, and eventually down comes the satellite into the lower atmosphere where it usually burns up. In short, in the satellite business, there's really no such thing as an equivalent to an antique car, or ship, unless of course on can find a way to repair them, and refuel them, that is cheap and cost effective...
...like a robot satellite (and modular designs of satellites themselves that makes repair by a robot satellite easier).
So why is all of this important? Very simple: if you're Dr Ernst Stavro Klaus von Blohschwab of the World Economic Fleecing and you're salivating about "great resets" and central bank digital currency and vaccine passports and social credit systems all being run "in the cloud," i.e., in space, you'd better be able to maintain all those satellites up there that you're going to need in order to run such a Chinese-bat-guano-crazy
virus ... er... scheme. And that means you need either (1) robot maintenance satellites or (2) a way to quickly launch lots of cheap (replacement) satellites, or optimally (3) both. What's interesting to ponder in this regard is that so far as the article is concerned, this recent satellite repair was a relatively new, and hence, rare event, and if that represents the plain and simple truth, then Blohschwab, Globaloney & Assoc. are in a bit of a scheduling bind, being in a much larger hurry than the public technology is able to keep up.
Unless of course, they're sitting on top of a whole lot of hidden technology of that nature (and the weapons platforms to protect their assets), or unless they've hired "someone" to look after things out there who, they must fondly hope, are not unionized or with designs of their own. If you're Blohschwab, Globaloney & Assoc., it would be a huge spanner or monkey wrench in the works to have that "Denial of Service" message pop up just when you're ready to push your big red shiny "Great Reset" button.
And if you're thinking that they can just lay cables underwater, what robots can do in space, they can also do under water... (see https://gizadeathstar.com/2021/03/protecting-those-underwater-cables/ and https://gizadeathstar.com/2019/09/the-incredible-disappearing-underwater-observatory/)
See you on the flip side...