The first on-orbit servicing spacecraft, Northrop Grumman subsidiary SpaceLogistics LLC’s Mission Extension Vehicle (MEV-1), is in orbit and sending back telemetry following its Oct. 9 launch aboard a Proton rocket operated by International Launch Services (ILS). Lifting off from Baikonur, Kazakhstan, at 6:18 a.m. EDT, the Proton inserted MEV-1 into its planned supersynchronous transfer orbit and telemetry from the spacecraft was acquired 16 hr. later. MEV-1 was designed to supply ...

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