As the space is "populated" by variousspace objects is becoming increasingly urgent problem of recharging them in orbit. In order to ensure uninterrupted operation of small spacecraft of the Cospas-Sarsat international search and rescue system, as well as satellite transponders of the Internet, video and radio communications, Russia is developing a satellite system design that will serve as the “space gas station”.
Each tanker satellite will accumulateenergy from the Sun and light reflected from the Earth, and the introduction of a refueling system will extend the life of space objects by 1.5 times and will save a lot of money.
Product demo looks similar toflying saucer with a set of equipment attached to the planes. The control system, batteries and a pulse charger based on an ionistor are mounted in the instrument module.
Orbital refueling has now become the subject of development by RSC Energia, NASA and SpaceX.