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Effective Space Solutions offers space towing services

August 26, 2014

By Tzahi Hoffman, Globes, Tel Aviv, Israel

Aug. 26--Effective Space Solutions, a new Israeli startup, is developing a solution, which it calls De-Orbiter, for towing satellites sent to the wrong place. Former head of Israel's space directorate and Israel Aerospace Industries Ltd. (IAI) (TASE: ARSP.B1) space division general manager Arie Halsband founded the company, and Yuval Rabin is on its board of directors.

The company says that De-Orbiter could have helped the Galileo satellite, which was recently launched in the wrong direction. The company's technology is slated to become operational in 18 months. "We could have saved the satellite," Halsband says. "That was exactly the situation we're aiming at. Our micro-satellite was designed to provide space services, such as changing a location or communications problems between satellites."

According to the company, dealing with incorrect locations of satellites has been a problem in the aerospace industry for decades. NASA is monitoring hundreds of thousands of satellite fragments circulating in space. In order to prevent old satellites from becoming a danger in space, satellites have to reserve fuel to enable them to put themselves in an outer space cemetery. Effective Space Solutions offers a solution to this problem that will make it possible to direct satellites to their destinations.


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