Northrop Grumman is preparing for the first launch of its Mission Extension Vehicle (MEV), a spacecraft designed to supply propulsion to in-orbit satellites that would otherwise run out of fuel. MEV-1 is scheduled for launch, along with a Eutelsat satellite, on a Proton rocket from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan late this month. It was fueled on Sept. 9. Using its electrical propulsion system for orbit raising, it should reach its destination orbit 3 1/2 months after launch. For its ...

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