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Hitching a ride to orbit with Eutelsat 5 West B is another Northrop Grumman property also built on the GEOStar satellite bus.
The Mission Extension Vehicle, or MEV, is a revolutionary offering from Northrop Grumman designed to increase an already on-orbit GEO satellite’s lifetime by five years or more.


 

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It's an exciting development: the first time one satellite will dock with another and take over some of its functions.
 

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It has been successfully launched but there’s now a fifteen hour trek to spacecraft separation.
 
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While no plan exists to use the vehicles in such a manner, an example of their potential use in Low Earth Orbit include a hypothetical rendezvous with the Hubble Space Telescope, whereafter an MEV-like craft could take over precision pointing operations for the telescope once its gyroscopes fail.

 
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