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Sweden to Save Burnt-Out Satellites

Published måndag 29 december 2008 kl 11.08

A Swedish company could make millions - by putting new life into old satellites.

Right now communications satellites costing hundreds of millions of US dollars are often junked before their time, just because the fuel has run out.

But now a Swedish company, Orbital Satellite Services, half owned by the Swedish state’s Space Corporation, says it has the answer.

It plans to sent small, cheap satellites up, to attach themselves to the burnt out ones and act as tug boats, keeping the communications equipment pointing the right way, or steering them into another orbit.

Orbital Satellite Services says that it has several interested customers and could send up its first satellites by 2011 or 2012.

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