Is Northrop Grumman’s satellite life-extension a good business? ESA says it is, and wants one of its own

by Peter B. de Selding

PARIS — The business model for Northrop Grumman’s SpaceLogistics, which  prolongs the service lives of geostationary-orbit satellites by attaching mission-extension vehicles to them, is yet to be proved despite the first two successes with Intelsat satellites.

But the 22-nation European Space Agency (ESA) has seen enough to conclude that it needs to create a made-in-Europe capability to do the same thing.

As part of a request to its governments for 910 million euros ($910 million) in funds for . . .

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