In-orbit servicing such as that envisioned by ATLAS can contribute to space commercialization is discussed. However, commercialization process could be considerably enhanced by focussed public funds from organizations such as NASA and ESA in developing the R&D infrastructure to support these potentially commercial applications of space technology. There are however legal issues which need greater clarification with regard to in-orbit servicing, though lessons from launcher services believe these issues are readily resolvable.

Proceedings of Space 2002: the Eighth International Conference and Exposition on Engineering, Construction, Operations and Business in Space and Proceedings of Robotics 2002: the Fifth International Conference and Exposition/Demonstration on Robotics
Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Ellery, A, Welch, C. (Chris), & Curley, A. (Andy). (2002). A proposed public-private partnership for the funding of robotic in-orbit servicers. In Space 2002 and Robotics 2002 (pp. 482–488).