04-02-2019 | Orbital Mechanics Seminar

On Orbit Spacecraft Servicing, Assembly, and Manufacturing


Dr. Michael Gabor, Ph.D. 
Director, Advanced Programs
SSL Government Systems

Time and Place

Tuesday, April 2, 2019 at 3:30 PM
ASE 1.126

SSL and MaxarTechnologies has been a prominent player in the nascent field of on-orbit spacecraft servicing, assembly, and manufacturing. This seminar will present some of the past capabilities in space robotics and how they are now being applied to new business models and missions.


On-orbit spacecraft servicing, assembly, and manufacturing have received substantial recent attention from industry, government, and academia. Current research funding comes from DARPA and NASA sponsorship and as venture capital. Estimates of market opportunity extend into several billion, as per reports in aerospace trade journals during 2018. This seminar provides insights from a UT alumnus working at the industry leader in this area.

Speaker Bio:

Dr. Michael Gabor received his PHD and MS in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin as an Air Force Palace Knight Fellow and received his BS in Aeronautical and AstronauticalEngineering from Purdue University. He spent 10 years as an Air Force employee supporting the Air Force Research Lab, US Space Command, and Air Force Space Command. He has also worked for Northrop Grumman, TASC, Odyssey Systems, and now works for SSL -part of the MaxarTechnologies family of companies. His technical focus areas over the years have included space surveillance and space situational awareness, satellite formation flying, GPS, information assurance, and mission architecting for various Government missions. For the last 2 years he has been marketing on orbit servicing capabilities.

For further information please contact Dr. Srinivas Bettadpur at srinivas@csr.utexas.edu or (512) 471-7587

Source: https://www.ae.utexas.edu/research/seminars/icalrepeat.detail/2019/04/02/987/-/on-orbit-spacecraft-servicing-assembly-and-manufacturing