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.”