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About

Satellite Augmentation (SAM) is an American aerospace company founded by David Green and is a privately owned company. Its headquarters is in Tampa, Florida, United States. Founded to develop spacecraft and an Innovative approach to new technologies and cost-effective space flight services, the company now focuses on designing and developing concept craft and prototype fabrication processes for spacecraft. It is known for its unconventional design approach.

Satellite Augmentation, LLC (hereinafter referred to as “SAM”) is poised for rapid growth in the Aerospace industry. Our Patented SAM System is a revolutionary and novel approach for extending a satellite’s lifespan by refueling, expanding power, and restoring communication to dormant satellites, the ability to reenergize a satellite in orbit with little to no mission impact. In addition, the SAM System can perform a controlled de-orbit, bringing a dormant satellite out of orbit safely via a controlled burn.

Currently, per the UCS-tracked satellite database, there are 8261 individual satellites in orbit. The ability to reenergize a satellite in orbit, with little to no mission impact, will enable both the Government and the Commercial space industry with the ability to extend the life of their most critical space assets. SAM offers a cost-effective, universal method, to accomplish the latter. By utilizing industry standards, this novel idea can quickly move into a proof-of-concept stage and be followed with a viable concept that can be transitioned to the end-user within an accelerated period. In addition to the fueling capabilities, The SAM System has the expanded capability to supply power and communication to the dormant satellite and allows real estate for additional science.

Industry Overview. The Aerospace industry in the United States currently generates $909 billion in annual sales. Annual revenue for the regional market where the business is located is estimated at $19 billion.

The Satellite Augmentation Module (SAM) applications can be grouped into four categories:

1. Orbit correction:

a. Station-keeping: maneuvering satellites to maintain their nominal position or track.
b. Rescuing emergency capture and insertion of stranded satellites into desired orbits.

2. Collision risk mitigation:

a. Debris removal: removing space debris from highly populated regions.
b. Satellite retirement: moving dysfunctional satellites to “graveyard” altitudes or deorbiting them.

3. On-demand maneuvers:

a. Military: providing flexible and unpredictable relocation of US military satellites.
b. Civil: changing the location of a satellite due to a shift in the market or scientific interest.

4. The SAM System can be used to assess the current position, orientation, and operational status of satellites.

GEO Satellite Retirement
The purpose of this section is to take one of the mission scenarios above and analyze the business case of providing SAM services to commercial communication satellites in Geosynchronous Equatorial Orbit (GEO) at the time of their retirement. The potential market has been investigated, along with the benefits offered by competing for SAM options. The results and recommendations have been based on the performed sensitivity analysis to changes in key assumptions.

Motivation
Communication satellites in GEO are large and expensive but, provided that the market demand for their services does not drop significantly, they are also extremely profitable. Thus, not surprisingly, the satellite industry is steadily evolving from being dominated by government and military activities to becoming a predominantly commercial arena. Currently, commercial telecommunications represent approximately 75% of the entire GEO sector, as shown in the Figure below.

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Mission

Defining the way we Service Satellites

Since the advent of satellite technology in 1958 with Explorer I, the U.S. and other countries have sent thousands of satellites into orbit costing millions of dollars per satellite. Today, many of those satellites are still in orbit; most of which have a lifespan of fewer than five years; to retain existing levels of operational capability, new satellites must be developed and launched before existing satellites run out of fuel and begin disintegrating into our atmosphere and in many cases falling to earth at risk to populated areas. In general, a satellite’s life span is not driven by the capability but by the amount of fuel, the satellite has available to maneuver. Satellites require the ability to maneuver to achieve specific orbits or to move out of harm’s way if a possible collision is detected. Once the fuel has been exhausted, the countdown begins and the loss of a satellite, no matter how mission-critical it may be, is imminent.

Satellite Augmentation has developed a revolutionary and novel approach to extending a satellite’s lifespan. The ability to re-energize a satellite in orbit, with little to no mission impact, will enable both the Government and the commercial space industry, with the ability to extend the life of their most critical space assets. The idea proposed by Satellite Augmentation offers a cost-effective, universal method, to accomplish the latter.  Combined with our patented design, by utilizing industry standards, and commercial off-the-shelf components, this novel idea can quickly move into a proof-of-concept stage and be followed with a viable concept that can be transitioned to the end-user within an accelerated period of time.

Vision

We’re setting the Standard for how the World Maintains Satellites in Orbit

“The best way to get to the future is to invent it”


The SAM spacecraft is equipped with the tools, technologies, and techniques needed to extend satellites’ lifespans – even those not originally designed to be serviced. The technology demonstrates – the first of its kind in Earth’s expanding space orbits – will create a carefully curated suite of satellite servicing technologies. Capabilities include autonomous satellite rendezvous, refueling, and satellite repositioning. Once proven in space, SAM’s technologies will reduce or eliminate the need for replacing dormant satellites.

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