Northrop Grumman has shipped the first communications satellite in Intelsat'sÂ Galaxy fleet replacement program andÂ aÂ second missionÂ extension vehicle toÂ French Guiana in preparation for a launch mission scheduled to take place later this month.
AnÂ Ariane 5 rocket will lift off from a KourouÂ launch site later this month to sendÂ the G-30 spacecraft andÂ MEV-2 satellite servicing vehicle to orbit,Â Northrop said Tuesday.
Intelsat selected Orbital ATK, now part of Northrop, in 2018 to build the operator's new satellite based on the GEOStar-2 platform. The spacecraft is designed to carryÂ C-, Ku- and Ka-bandÂ payloads andÂ supportÂ theÂ Federal Aviation Administration's Wide Area Augmentation System.
The MEVÂ is builtÂ to rendezvous with client spacecraftÂ almost out of fuel and control its geostationary orbit.
Northrop's Space Logistics subsidiaryÂ provided the servicing platform that the company expects to dock with the Intelsat 1002 satellite early next year.