Intelsat Orders MEV-2 from Orbital ATK

The vehicle was ordered by Intelsat S.A. to provide life extension services for an Intelsat satellite. Orbital ATK is now producing MEV-1, the industry’s first commercial in-space satellite servicing system, for Intelsat with launch scheduled for late 2018. Under this new agreement, Orbital ATK will manufacture, test and launch MEV-2 and begin mission extension services in mid-2020.

Someone over at Intelsat has been doing a lot of math, and it looks like Orbital ATK was serious—the business case closes.