Orbital ATK Begins Assembly Of Commercial In-Space Satellite Servicing System

9/12/17

Orbital ATK's MEV-1 spacecraft is scheduled to launch next year. (Photo: Business Wire)

Dulles-based Orbital ATK is on track to launch a new spacecraft next year designed to service and extend the lives of satellites, the company said Monday.

The company says the Mission Extension Vehicle-1 (MEV-1) will provide satellite life extension services to its anchor customer, Intelsat S.A., beginning in early 2019.

“The start of assembly of MEV-1 means that in-orbit satellite servicing will soon become a reality,” Tom Wilson, president of Orbital’s subsidiary, Space Logistics LLC, said in a statement. “MEV-1 will be the first spacecraft of its kind to offer this innovative service.”

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