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Northrop Grumman hit a new milestone in extending the life of active spacecraft as a purpose-built spacecraft, MEV-2, docking with Intelsat’s IS-10-02 satellite to give it another 5 years of life.
Last year the MEV-1 mission performed a similar operation, docking with Intelsat’s IS-901 and changing its orbit.
MEV-2 launched in August and matched the orbit of Intelsat’s 18-year-old satellite, which would have soon be due for decommissioning, having exceeded its original mission by some 5 years.
In addition to the airwaves licenses, winning bidders also will pay an estimated $13 billion or more to current users of the airwaves, including satellite providers Intelsat and SES.5G airwave bids soar past $76 billion to set auction record|Verne Kopytoff|January 5, 2021|Fortune