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SpaceX F9 : SpaceLogistics MRV-1 : early 2025
« on: 02/21/2022 04:49 pm »
Discussion thread for Northrop Grumman/SpaceLogistics MRV flight.

Currently targeting 2025 launch.

MRV with three MEPs for Optus and Intelsat (x2).



SpaceLogistics Announces Launch Agreement with SpaceX and First Mission Extension Pod Contract with Optus
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The Northrop Grumman-owned company’s launch of the Mission Robotic Vehicle and Mission Extension Pods will mark a new era in on-orbit satellite servicing

DULLES, Va. – Feb. 21, 2022 – Northrop Grumman Corporation’s (NYSE: NOC) SpaceLogistics today announced a launch agreement for its Mission Robotic Vehicle (MRV) spacecraft, and the sale of its first Mission Extension Pod (MEP).

SpaceLogistics Announces Launch Agreement with SpaceX and First Mission Extension Pod Contract with Optus_1
MRV approaching commercial satellite for MEP installation
Under the launch agreement, SpaceX will provide launch services for a planned spring 2024 launch of the MRV and several MEPs. Optus, Australia’s largest satellite owner and operator, recently completed a purchase agreement with SpaceLogistics for installation of one of the MEPs on its D3 satellite in 2025.

“Our contracts with SpaceX and Optus are tangible evidence of our momentum and commitment to deliver second-generation on-orbit servicing technologies to the satellite industry.” said Vice President of Business Development for SpaceLogistics Joseph Anderson. “We are thrilled to have Optus as our premier MEP customer as we continue pioneering the future of space and expanding the realm of what is possible with on-orbit servicing and sustainment.”

The launch will mark the first time a robotic-capable spacecraft will ascend into space to provide persistent robotic servicing capabilities in geostationary orbit (GEO). The MRV will perform a series of on-orbit tests of its robotic-arm payload as it carries out its primary mission, installing MEPs on commercial satellites. The MEP, a small customer-owned, customer-controlled propulsion augmentation device, can provide six years of life extension for a typical 2,000 kg satellite in GEO.

“Optus’ partnership with SpaceLogistics will leverage their cutting edge MRV & MEP capability to increase the life of Optus’ D3 satellite. This innovative move along with the future launch of Optus 11 will benefit our customers.” said Ben White, managing director, wholesale, satellite and strategy at Optus.


https://spacenews.com/northrop-grumman-to-launch-new-satellite-servicing-mission-in-2024/
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The mission in 2024 will launch the MRV — a 3,000 kilogram spacecraft — and three MEPs, each about 400 kilograms. The MRV and MEPs will be released from the launch vehicle, independently deploy and raise themselves to a geostationary orbit using solar electric propulsion.
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Re: SpaceX F9 : SpaceLogistics MRV-1 :Spring 2024
« Reply #1 on: 06/20/2023 01:36 pm »
Now targeted for early 2025:

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Intelsat orders another refueling mission from Northrop Grumman’s SpaceLogistics

The launch of the company’s Mission Robotic Vehicle is now targeted for early 2025

June 20, 2023

SpaceLogistics, a satellite-servicing firm owned by Northrop Grumman, announced June 20 it has three confirmed orders for its refueling pods that will fly to orbit on servicing missions in 2025.

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SpaceLogistics had previously projected a 2024 launch for the MRV. The company said June 20 that both the MRV and MEPs have completed their critical design reviews and are proceeding toward a planned 2025 launch aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.

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Re: SpaceX F9 : SpaceLogistics MRV-1 : early 2025
« Reply #2 on: 03/27/2024 11:44 am »
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On-orbit servicing mission planned for military satellite in 2025
A robotic servicing vehicle will rendezvous with a military satellite and attach an imaging payload
March 27, 2024

In a mission targeted for 2025, a robot satellite in geostationary orbit around 22,000 miles above Earth will rendezvous with a military satellite and attempt to affix a new imaging sensor payload on the spacecraft.

The servicing vehicle [...] will seek to connect the payload to the satellite’s launch adapter ring. This ring, which originally connected the satellite to its rocket during launch, will provide the attach point for an electro-optical imaging sensor payload developed by the startup Katalyst Space Technologies.

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The Mission Robotics Vehicle (MRV) that will perform this mission is being built by Northrop Grumman’s subsidiary SpaceLogistics.

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The military customer for the sensor upgrade mission is the Space Force’s Delta 11 unit that conducts training exercises and wargames. The Pentagon’s Test Resource Management Center co-funded the project with DIU.

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