Washington, D.C .:
In a first step, two commercial satellites accomplished the impressive docking maneuver, one of which would serve the other.
If successful, the mission would allow the Intelsat 901 to continue operating for another five years, according to The Verge.
The daring effort can initiate a whole new industry to renovate diseased satellites, reducing the amount of space debris that clogs Earth's orbit.
Joe Anderson, vice president of Space Logistics, said in a press conference: "This is the first time in history that docking has been done with a satellite that was not pre-made for docking."
"This is the first time that two commercial satellites have docked," he said.
Space Logistics happens to be a subsidiary of the aerospace giant Northrop Grumman and is responsible for completing the mission.
The Mission Extension Vehicle (MEV-1), which can be described as a kind of spacecraft, docked on Intelsat 901 on February 25th.
The Intelsat 901 has little fuel in orbit after 19 years and if it runs out of juice, the ground crew would lose the ability to actively control it.
To gain more time for the spaceship, Intelsat has teamed up with Northrop Grumman on a life extension mission.
The MEV-1 was shot in space in October 2019 and took three months to rendezvous with the Intelsat 901 in orbit around the cemetery.
The cemetery orbit is, as the name suggests, the orbit in which no longer existing spaceships are left.
With the two now docked, the MEV-1 will maneuver and navigate the Intelsat 901, The Verge reported.
If things go as planned, the MEV-1 will drag its buddy out of orbit around the cemetery so that it can continue to work for five years.
After five years, MEV-1 will play the Grim Reaper and bring the Intelsat 901 back into orbit around the cemetery, where it will eventually be put to rest.
After its work, MEV-1 might be given the task of servicing another satellite that may need help.
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