OOS kick-start scenario
The attaching of an Engine module has just been completed, as viewed by the camera of the Escort Agent
There are several scenarios for kick starting HERMES, each depending on particular Market circumstances, which we can capitalize of for reducing the initial costs and also aligning better with the needs of the market. According therefore to circumstances and demand one of the following scenarios will prevail.
Capitalizing on qualification flights. These are flights of launchers which have undertaken major modifications and consequently are of high risk. These flights are unsuitable for telecommunication satellites but good enough to launch a high-mass, low-cost passive tanker spacecraft. We have designed such a special spacecraft and we are looking to the opportunity that may given by new qualification flight to launch it to a GEO-transfer orbit, with a short notice launch manifest of a few months.
One chaser spacecraft (UA) could then be launched, by the same launch service provider (for having same inclination etc), within 3 years time to rendezvous with the tanker, revive it and use part of the fuel to raise its orbit to become Geosynchronous and the surplus fuel to perform servicing missions (debris clean-up or inclination corrections of aging satellites).
Start with a rescue mission assignment. It happens relatively often (every 9.5 months on average), that a launcher underperforms and delivers the satellite in an "unusable" orbit. The satellite then has to consume the totality of its own fuel reserves to raise the orbit towards its operational position. This unplanned fuel consumption is so radical that the satellite is then considered a "total loss" despite being absolutely healthy. In these circumstances we can "save the show" offering replenishment of the fuel.