Orbital ATK said Thursday it will start providing satellite servicing support through the Mission Extension Vehicle 2 by mid-2020 under the contract.
The Dulles, Virginia-based aerospace and defense contractorâ€™s spacecraft components division will produce the propellant tanks, structures and solar arrays for MEV-2 through its facilities in California.
Orbital ATKâ€™s rendezvous, proximity operations and docking laboratory in Virginia will test the control algorithms, actuators and sensors that work to help the vehicle detect and move toward a client spacecraft.
The MEV-2 production contract supports Orbital ATKâ€™s plan to build a fleet of commercial servicing vehicles that will work to provide refueling, repair and assembly support to in-orbit satellites and meet other space logistics requirements.
Intelsat initiallyÂ tapped Orbital ATK in April 2016 to develop and launch MEV-1.
â€œWork on MEV-1 is progressing rapidly toward a late 2018 launch with system-level testing beginning this spring,â€ said Tom Wilson, president of Orbital ATKâ€™s Space Logistics subsidiary.
MEV-1 has a docking system and is based on the Orbital ATK-builtÂ GEOStarÂ space vehicle platform.
Orbital ATKâ€™s Space Logistics received initial approval from theÂ Federal Communications CommissionÂ in December to conduct in-orbit servicing work on the Intelsat-901Â satelliteÂ through MEV-1.