Intelsat has signed new contract for Mission Extension Pod.
Intelsat has ordered its second Mission Extension Pod (MEP) from Northrop Grumman Corporations SpaceLogistics, which will add life to an Intelsat satellite, providing uninterrupted services to many customers.
The new contract represents the fourth deal with SpaceLogistics, following an order for a single MEP in April 2023 and two Mission Extension Vehicles (MEVs) already in service with Intelsat satellites.
Bruno Fromont, Chief Technology Officer, Intelsat, said: Intelsat is the industry leader in space sustainability and SpaceLogistics is a vital part of that. We continue to look for ways to provide the best services to our customers as well as remain good stewards of the space environment. This commitment continues to build our unique self-insurance capabilities in space and is another step towards unlocking the potential of future in-orbit service applications.
The MEP jet pack will be installed by SpaceLogistics mission robotic vehicle (MRV) on an unidentified Intelsat satellite operating in geosynchronous orbit, ensuring continuity of satellite service for at least six years beginning as early as 2026. Both MEP and MRV have completed critical design reviews, are in assembly and testing, and are proceeding toward launch.
This recent purchase is the second this year, continuing Intelsats legacy of space sustainability first instituted in 2020 when SpaceLogistics Mission Extension Vehicle (MEV-1) performed the first-ever in-orbit commercial spacecraft docking with Intelsat 901 (IS-901). That mission extended the life of IS-901 for another five years.
With the sale to Intelsat of a second MEP, we continue to build on our long-standing relationship that includes over five years of in-space servicing provided by our two Mission Extension Vehicles, added SpaceLogistics President, Rob Hauge.