The launch later this summer of Northrop Grumman’s Mission Extension Vehicle, the first commercial, in-space satellite-servicing mission, could help seed a market for on-orbit servicing and serve as the first step to unlocking manufacturing in space. But the mission is not without risks, and its success could determine the speed with which a market for on-orbit servicing (OOS) develops. The first Mission Extension Vehicle, MEV-1, is scheduled to fly beneath a Eutelsat satellite on a ...

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