“When I first joined the satellite industry and we were thinking about refueling there were about eight satellite servicing companies that we identified,” said Jeremy Schiel, acting chair of the Consortium for Execution of Rendezvous and Servicing Operations, or CONFERS, executive committee.
CONFERS aims to establish standards for how these un-socially-distanced servicing satellites (and any private satellites meant to maneuver close together) should behave.
CONFERS developed a set of baseline best practices that the International Organization for Standardization is currently considering.
ATI has been selected by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to lead the Consortium for Execution of Rendezvous and Servicing Operations (CONFERS) program.
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has awarded Summerville, South Carolina-based Advanced Technology International a $2.6 million contract under a program that seeks to develop consensus-based safety and technical standards for on-orbit robotic satellite servicing operations.