Introduction to GEORING (or GEO Ring)
Core elements of the HERMES OOS system are 1) the HERMES tanker spacecraft which stores propellant, 2) the catcher-transporter spacecraft which performs missions from the tanker to the satellites and 3) the inspector spacecraft which performs inspection on targets as well as assists in docking operations.
Additionally 4) a strap-on sub-spacecraft named Engine-Module (commercial name KINITRON®) has been designed to perform routine station keeping of old satellites and 5) a family of special Apogee Kick Motors has been defined to transport spacecraft in high thrust demanding misions.
The HERMES OOS does not necessitate the deployment of all elements at day 0 but the full constellation would offer the maximum efficiency.
The HERMES project (named so after the Greek god protector of messengers) is being developed by a team of companies that have authorized marketing of the concept by C. Kosmas, chief designer & inventor (patent DE10259638). The team is consisted by a group of European mainly companies .
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