Satellite Bodyguards - Star Wars
The US Defense Department's Advanced Research Projects Agency DARPA is developing a robotic system to service satellites in geosynchronous orbit (RSGS). Besides doing refuels, repairs and other services, RSGS is also designed to protect vital US satellites against adversaries' robotic systems used as antisatellite weapons. RSGS is a satellite bodyguard system against space threats.
Satellite Stalking Threat
By early 2020, Russia and China will have robotic systems in geosynchronous (G) orbit. Satellites in G-orbit are difficult to reach by other types of antisatellite weapons. Experts are warning of a growing threat in space of satellite stalking.
US Budget Issues
The US Air Force wants to launch the US RSGS system in March 2021, The US Senate just cut the $209 million in launch money from the USAF budget. As Russia and China ramp up their systems, experts are warning of growing, US satellite vulnerability. The budgetary debate and eventual outcome for the US satellite repair and bodyguard system is important to watch.