Representatives of Effective Space announced that they had agreed with a well-known satellite operator to provide satellite support in orbit. The company plans to place two drons on a rocket to launch them into space and use it to rescue two satellites that have run out of fuel.
Long-term satellites use fuel for course correction. Unfortunately, stocks are limited and not replenished. Usually they are located in geosynchronous orbit and their lifespan lasts 15 years. Scientists for many years appealed to different countries with a request to come up with a way to increase the duration of the operation of satellites or at least change their trajectory and burn it in the atmosphere during descent. Otherwise there is a problem with space junk. Effective Space creates unmanned aerial vehicles and believes that it can give a second chance to already functioning satellites in orbit. In 2020, they are going to release two vehicles. They will attach to satellites that have no more fuel left. For several years, these devices will be responsible for changing the satellite locations.
If a failure occurs, the vehicles will send the satellites into a self-breaking spiral and go to the next target. The service life of each such mechanism is 15 years.