Satellite-builder SSL Sets Sights On Metal Asteroid

Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Arizona State University/Space Systems Loral/Peter Rubin
SSL was not looking to get into the planetary science business per se when it shopped for new customers for its workhorse SSL-1300 bus, the chassis of 87 communications satellites currently operating in Earth orbit. But the company came to realize that with several technology advances, including...

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