Spacecraft in Orbit


= An Orbital Assets and Infrastructure Company  =

What came first, the airplane or the airport?
Orbital hotels, Lagrange Point shipyards, Lunar manufacturing, asteroid mining, and more. Without reliable, reusable, and practical transportation, the logistics and infrastructure needed to see these become a reality will not be possible. To this end, Scout Aerospace LLC has made its long term goal the development and construction of crewed, long term orbital transfer vehicles and cyclers.
Orbital transfer vehicles (OTVs) are small, short to medium range vessels capable of servicing existing orbital assets with repairs and refueling. A satellite serviced by an OTV may be, repaired, refueled or repositioned to extend its mission, saving the owner of the satellite a fortune in recapitalization costs.



Where we are going...



Presently, today's crewed capsules are promoted as all purpose. Earth return, deep space, lunar return and more. Designing one tool to fit every job is costly and ineffective. As an alternative path, Scout Aerospace envisions a vessel purpose built for travel between, LEO, GEO, and Lunar orbits. Once ferried to orbit, existing commercial capsules will dock with these OTVs to make the transfer to their final destinations, be it the Moon or space stations occupying the Lagrange Points. Outfitted for cargo transport OTVs will move construction materials and supplies to feed the growing cislunar economy.


First conceived by Dr. Buzz Aldrin in the 1980's, Cyclers are long range vehicles designed to leverage Earth free return trajectories 'cycling' to make returns between LEO and Lunar orbits at regular intervals. An OTV may rendezvous with the Cycler upon its arrival to exchange goods before the it falls back into another free return trajectory. While longer and more circuitous  than a direct burn to Lunar orbit, the low fuel requirement needed to keep station on a free return orbit means that a constellation of cyclers may be orchestrated to created a supply chain of frequent and efficient deliveries.



Scout's Current Activities

Space Rome wasn't built in a day. Here are some of the ways in which Scout is pursuing its Vision today.


APIS is our small satellite drone concept. It will serve as our Orbital Servicing and Manufacturing (OSAM) and Space Situational Awareness (SSA) technology orbital test-bed. As we acquire and develop new technologies each will be integrated into APIS to build the company's capacity to carry out on-orbit services such as observation, inspection, decommissioning, refueling, and repairs.


Scout Aerospace is always on the look out for new opportunities. We are registered with SAMS and CAGE for federal contracting and grants. We have submitted grant proposals to NASA and ARPA-E for photolytic decomposition of high test peroxide, and coherence phase matching of solar power satellites. We are currently reviewing NASA's Technology Transfer Program to bring experimental flight tested products to market.


Space is harsh environment. Atomic oxygen erodes plastics and metals, radiation corrupts data, and unabated heat destroys your hard work. We offer our highly trained and educated team of engineers to solve your aerospace needs. We are educated and trained skills such as radiation protection, aerospace electronics, vibration analysis, heat transfer, orbital mechanics, and more. We include subcontracting and research support among our services.



Thank you for your interest in our venture. Get in touch with us for any questions or comments regarding our work.

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