The Intelsat spacecraft for communication, which has been running low of fuel, return to its commercial operations at 36,000 kilometers above the Atlantic Ocean after it received the assistant from the new servicing satellite at the beginning of the year.
This mission extension vehicle was first of its kind; construction of the satellite took place in Virginia by Northrop Grumman on 25th February with Intelsat 901 satellite. The spacecraft finished its first link-up between satellites in the geosynchronous orbit, which is the region above the equator where the movement of satellites with speed equals the speed of the earth’s rotation.
The link-up was automatic and occurred on-board through the navigation sensor in combination with the orchestrated with the teams in the ground. The activity marked the first satellite connection, which is autonomous with other objects in the space that did not have docking design.
The mission extension vehicle owned by Northrop Grumman controlled the propulsion and the attitude management duties for the Intelsat 901 satellite. The satellite launching was in June the year 2001 aboard the European Ariane 4 rocket and had designed with a lifespan of 13 years. The spacecraft now has the capacity of delivering services to the people but with retire in the coming days without Northrop Grumman’s help of servicing it.
The Intelsat is currently at a position along the equator of the earth at 27.5 degrees west longitude, the area which it relays the trans-Atlantic television, data, traffic, and voice control.
Mike DeMarco said that company focus is to provide the best experience for the customer in the industry. He added that the company is proud to be the inventors of the space fueling; he is the chief service officer at Northrop Grumman. Mike said the company has projected the increase in demand for the connectivity services in the world and maintains the experience they have with their customers through the development of innovative technology like the MEV-1, which helped the company to meet its target and needs.
After docking of the Intelsat 901 at the end of February, The MEV-1 satellite servicer plotted the communications satellite from a point above the Pacific Ocean, which is the current operating position above Atlantic through the help of the Ultra-efficiency ion thruster. MEV-1 nudged Intelsat 901 back over the equator from the earlier position of the orbit that had inclined at 1.6 degrees.