A robot that can repair a satellite is far more complex and expensive than one that only has to…

Repairing a satellite would have the same applications as commandeering. Disabling/destroying a satellite wouldn’t necessarily be the main objective. Intercepting laser based communications, localized jamming, or simply flying in front of the main sensor when it’s over your territory are other uses. The danger is an escalation by holding them at constant risk or a bad miscalculation.

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