Michael Sheetz+ Your Authors @thesheetztweetz Space Reporter @CNBC | pitches [email protected] | DM for cell, WhatsApp, Signal, ProtonMail | formerly @DJNF @ESTribune | alumnus @TheKingsCollege Apr. 17, 2020 1 min read + Your Authors

Intelsat's IS-901 satellite returned to service this morning after Northrop Grumman's MEV-1 life extension spacecraft successfully docked and relocated the satellite to its new orbit. $NOC $I

Photos from when MEV-1 approached IS-901, with Earth visible in the background:

Intelsat Chief Services Officer Mike DeMarco:

"Intelsat is proud to have pioneered this innovative first with Northrop Grumman. We see increased demand ... and preserving our customers’ experience using innovative technology such as MEV-1 is helping us meet that need."

Northrop Grumman's MEV-1 "will provide five years of life extension services to IS-901 before returning the spacecraft to a final decommissioned orbit," when MEV-1 "will then be available to provide additional mission extension services for new client."

My story on this mission and what's next:


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