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Northrop Grumman's MEV-2 gives Intelsat satellite a new lease on life until the next rescue in another five years

DS999 Silver badge

Re: Yeeeees, but.

Hence the five year term, rather than the longer term that MEV-2's propellant will last. As stated above, outright failures of equipment on satellites are relatively rare, at least after they've been in service for a while. Things like solar panels and batteries degrade, but at a fairly well known rate so Intelsat probably has a pretty good idea of the overall health of all the components.

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