Vehicle 1 Mission Extension Vehicle (MEV-1) completed the salvation of the telecommunications satellite Intelsat 901, according to the US company Northrop Grumman to produce MEV-1. This information confirms the international operator Intelsat, which owns Intelsat 901, previously allegedly attacked by Russian spacecraft (SC) “Luch”.
According to Northrop Grumman, MEV-1, when you are docked with Intelsat 901, was in orbit of tombstone, conducted a series of maneuvers to move past a spacecraft in geostationary orbit. Performed surgery on 2 April allowed 30 commercial and government customers to begin working with the telecommunications satellite. The Telecom operator hopes that Intelsat 901 will last another five years.
In February MEV-1 docked with the Intelsat 901, which became the first ever docking of two commercial satellites.
In January, the satellite operator Eutelsat announced that Eutelsat 5 West B, launched in October 2019, together with MEV-1 Russian rocket “proton-M”, due to the failure of one of the two solar lost half of its capacity.
In December 2017 Space News reported that American Orbital ATK (absorbed by Northrop Grumman) received a license from the Federal communications Commission of the USA on maintenance Intelsat 901.
In April 2015, according to Space News, “Ray” appeared at the distance of about ten kilometers from Intelsat 901, which the Pentagon considered the Russian SPACECRAFT anti-satellite weapons.
Satellite “Ray” launched in 2014 by rocket “proton-M”. KA was created under the Federal space program of Russia for 2006-2015 to communicate with the Russian segment of the International space station and low-orbit spacecraft.
Telecommunications satellite Intelsat 901 international operator Intelsat (headquarters located in Luxembourg), launched in 2001 on the Ariane 4 is to provide broadcasting in North and South America, Europe, Africa and the middle East. The planned lifetime of the SPACECRAFT was 15 years old.