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Northrop Grumman robotic MEV-2 spacecraft, in a first, catches active Intelsat satellite – CNBC

Northrop Grumman and Intelsat accomplished a space industry first on Monday, with a small spacecraft docking with an active satellite in orbit.

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Two aerospace firms accomplished an industry first on Monday, as a small Northrop Grumman spacecraft docked successfully with an active Intelsat satellite to provide service and extend its life.
Intelsat’s IS-1002 satellite is nearly 18 years old, and operating well past its expected lifespan, but the Northrop Grumman-built spacecraft called MEV-2 will add another five years of life to IS-1002, essentially re-fueling the satellite and giving it a new engine for control.
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