How can we extend a satellite's useful life?

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How can we extend a satellite's useful life?
« on: 06/06/2012 17:36:26 »
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Re: How can we extend a satellite's useful life?
« Reply #1 on: 21/05/2012 22:28:12 »
Excellent.
I think there should be more recycling of space stuff...  in space.

One of the issues with things like communication satellites is that technology is also changing.  So, a 10 year old satellite may not be worth investing a few million dollars to save (for its original purpose).  However, I believe there are a few (newer) satellites that are slowly drifting that could be put back into place. 

I presume that more will be done with robotics in the future.  Perhaps creating a robot that is able to perform upgrades on the satellites while in space.  Of course, there is always the risk of investing more in salvaging a satellite than it is worth, with a big part of the expense being the launch vehicle.