Northrop Grumman to launch new MRV to extend satellite lifespan

(ORDO NEWS) — Northrop Grumman-owned Space Logistics has agreed to launch the first Mission Robotic Vehicle (MRV) in 2024.

He will receive a robotic arm to install Mission Extension Pod propulsion modules on satellites that have run out of fuel.

The first customer for MRV was Optus, the largest satellite operator in Australia. The new service vehicle will be launched in 2024 using a SpaceX launch vehicle.

MRV was built on the basis of technologies that have previously been used on other devices of a similar purpose. There are currently two Mission Extension Vehicles (MEVs) in orbit serving two Intelsat satellites.

The robotic arm for the MRV was developed by the US Naval Research Laboratory with funding from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).

In 2020, DARPA signed an agreement with Northrop Grumman allowing the company to use a robotic payload for the MRV.


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