Industry weighs government’s role in satellite servicing
07 October 2019
With the first commercial satellite servicing spacecraft about to launch, industry executives argue that government agencies, primarily seen as developers of key servicing technologies, also need to be customers of those systems.
The Mission Extension Vehicle (MEV) 1, developed by SpaceLogistics, a subsidiary of Northrop Grumman, is set to launch on a Proton rocket 09 October from Baikonur, Kazakhstan. The spacecraft is dual-manifested on the Proton with the Northrop-built Eutelsat 5 West B communications satellite.
Image credit: Northrop Grumman - A Mission Extension Vehicle operated by Northrop subsidiary SpaceLogistics docks with a satellite to take over pointing and station keeping.