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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 is set to launch this summer along with the Northrop Grumman-built Galaxy 30 satellite.
View of IS-901 as MEV-1 nears rendezvous with the satellite.
MEV-1 continues to move towards IS-901 to prepare for proximity operations.
View of IS-901 satellite from MEV-1’s “far hold” position during approach from approximately 80 meters with Earth in the background.
View of IS-901 satellite from MEV-1’s “near hold” position during approach from approximately 20 meters with Earth in the background.
MEV-1 captures IS-901 to initiate the final docking of the two spacecraft.
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.