"heads off to assist other client spacecraft"
Because after five years it's going to have the fuel to do that ?
I thought they made one MEV per satellite to service.
Northrop Grumman's zombie satellite-slaying Mission Extension Vehicle (MEV) has docked to the Intelsat 901 satellite, potentially affording the latter a life extension. It is the first time two commercial spacecraft have docked in orbit as well as the first time a geosynchronous satellite has had its mission extended in this …
Quite amazing no mention of the other 'helpful' satellite presences, such as in this article.
The lack of space law regarding interference with satellites is why this hasn't been tried before, well, publicly. Every government has said you can't do that because we don't want anyone to be able to do that. While, you know, 'researching' how to do it.
Let's see... wide-open environment with technological innovation providing benefits to everyone. Space. Internet. Noticed how "wild west" the Internet has gotten? Wait till someone demands 10K GreenCheeseCoin to unlock your satellite.
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