Company Introduces Innovative Robotic Servicing and Life Extension System at SATELLITE 2018 Conference and Exhibition
Artist rendering of Orbital ATK s next generation of in-orbit satellite servicing technology, the Mission Robotic Vehicle (MRV) and Mission Extension Pods (MEPs) (Photo: Business Wire)
The new system consists of two products, Mission Extension Pods (MEPs) and Mission Robotic Vehicles (MRVs) , which complement the industry s first commercial satellite servicing vehicles, Orbital ATK s Mission Extension Vehicle (MEVs) , by providing customers with more flexibility to extend the life and effect repairs to their valuable in-orbit satellite assets. The MEP is an external propulsion module that attaches to and provides up to five years of orbital life extension for aging satellites which are running low on fuel, but are otherwise healthy. While the primary application of the MRV is to transport and install MEPs or other payloads on customer satellites, it will also offer space robotic capabilities for in-orbit repairs and similar functions.
Continuing Orbital ATK s keep it simple strategy, MEP installation is
low risk and allows a customer to remain in full control of their
satellite before, during and after the process. Both new products
leverage the company s MEV technology while adding new capabilities to
its expanding fleet of in-orbit servicing vehicles. SpaceLogistics, a
wholly-owned subsidiary of
The introduction of MEPs allows us to offer a complementary service alongside our MEVs to meet the industry s needs by providing low-risk, low-cost station-keeping for geosynchronous satellites of all types, said Wilson, President of SpaceLogistics. We always aimed to expand our fleet to provide a wide variety of space logistics services, and the MEV, MEP and MRV products give our customers the option to select exactly the kind of life extension or in-space repair they may need, he added.
The MEV, MEPs and MRV are part of SpaceLogistics long-range plan to establish a fleet of in-orbit servicing vehicles that can address diverse space logistics needs including repair, assembly and through-space transportation. The company is also working with U.S. government agencies to develop and implement new capabilities in its servicing vehicle fleet. These include next-generation repair vehicles, in-orbit assembly of large space structures, and cargo delivery and logistics services to deep-space gateways in lunar orbit.
B-roll and animation footage for Orbital ATK s next-generation commercial servicing vehicles can be found here: http://www.orbitalatk.com/news-room/bmc/#. Please note that media will need to request a PIN for access.
SpaceLogistics is a global leader in in-orbit satellite servicing
systems and services for commercial and government customers. The
company is a wholly-owned subsidiary of
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