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Is Landsat-7's propellant resupply port "robot-ready"? (Restore-L mission)

My reading of the Aviation Week article on this seemed to suggest that while Landsat-7 was not designed to be refueled, when they looked at its design, they found a fuel line, they could patch into ...
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Besides HST, JWST and stations, are there any examples of satellites designed for service in space?

A family of spacecraft in the 1980s were designed around the Multi-mission Modular Spacecraft (MMS) bus. This bus was designed specifically to allow for retrieval and repair of the spacecraft by the ...
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Is satellite retrieval still relevant given the progress of in-orbit service?

Recovering old satellites for servicing isn't currently worthwhile, but it wasn't particularly relevant forty years ago either. The downmass requirement was never about recovering old satellites. A ...
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Besides HST, JWST and stations, are there any examples of satellites designed for service in space?

Unlike Hubble, JWST is not designed for service. The only preparation for servicing are the targets on the launcher interface ring. Those are just some stickers they can add to the surfaces around ...
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Is Landsat-7's propellant resupply port "robot-ready"? (Restore-L mission)

I would expect that if a satellite had no special design for in-orbit propellant transfer then the initial list of options would centre around the normal ground propellant supply interface, normally ...
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