Mission Extension Vehicle

Mission Extension Vehicle

It's impossible to revive a satellite. Until it's not.

What is the Mission Extension Vehicle?

The Mission Extension Vehicle-1(MEV-1), the industry’s first satellite life extension vehicle, completed its first docking to a client satellite, Intelsat IS-901 on February 25, 2020. MEV is designed to dock to geostationary satellites whose fuel is nearly depleted. Once connected to its client satellite, MEV uses its own thrusters and fuel supply to extend the satellite’s lifetime. When the customer no longer desires MEV’s service, the spacecraft will undock and move on to the next client satellite.

The second Mission Extension Vehicle (MEV-2) launched August 15, 2020 along with the Northrop Grumman-built Galaxy 30 satellite. MEV-2 will dock with the Intelsat IS-1002 satellite in early 2021.

The Mission Robotic Vehicle, shown with DARPA's RSGS Robotic Payload is pioneering robotic servicing of satellites. (Artist Rendering)

About Space Logistics LLC

SpaceLogistics, a wholly owned subsidiary of Northrop Grumman, is a global leader in in-orbit satellite servicing systems and services for commercial and government customers.

Pioneering a New Market in Space

SpaceLogistics currently provides in-orbit satellite servicing to geosynchronous satellite operators using the Mission Extension Vehicle (MEV)™ which docks with customers' existing satellites providing the propulsion and attitude control needed to extend their lives. This enables satellite operators to activate new markets, drive asset value and protect their franchises

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