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Japan's Astroscale takes step toward space repairs business

Acquisition of Israeli startup intended to allow in-orbit satellite servicing

Space startup Astroscale has acquired an Israeli company that aims to service satellites in orbit.

TOKYO -- Japanese space startup Astroscale said Wednesday that it has acquired an Israeli startup that aims to carry out maintenance on satellites in orbit, a move heralding its expansion into an emerging field of space services.

The Israeli company, Effective Space Solutions R&D, is developing a spacecraft that will fly to an aging geosynchronous satellite running low on fuel, attach to it, take over its maneuvering and keep it in correct orbit. 

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