NASA cancels OSAM-1 satellite servicing technology mission

 WASHINGTON NASA has shelved a multibillion-dollar project that was supposed to showcase solutions for satellite servicing, due to significant delays and overspending.  

 NASA ended the On-Orbit Servicing, Assembly and Manufacturing (OSAM) 1 mission on March 1st, with a brief message.  

 In order to refuel the Landsat 7 spacecraft and carry out the in-orbit assembly of a Ka-band satellite antenna, OSAM-1 was being constructed.  

 "Due to ongoing technical, financial, and schedule challenges, as well as a broader community evolution away from refueling unprepared spacecraft,,,

 which has led to a lack of a committed partner," NASA stated that OSAM-1 is being canceled. 

 The agency stated that it would begin the process of an orderly closure,,,

 including moving gear and "pursuing potential partnerships or alternative hardware uses," as soon as it received formal notifications from Congress about its decision.  

 In addition, NASA stated that it would assess ways to lessen the effect of the cancellation on the employees at the Goddard Space Flight Center.

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