March 13, 2018

Orbital ATK Introduces Next Generation of In-Orbit Satellite Servicing Technology

DULLES, Va.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Orbital ATK (NYSE: OA), a global leader in aerospace and defense
technologies, today announced its plan for the company’s next generation
of satellite life extension and in-space servicing products. During a
keynote address at the SATELLITE 2018 Conference and Exhibition in
Washington, D.C., Orbital ATK President and Chief Executive Officer
David W. Thompson and SpaceLogistics President Tom L. Wilson introduced
a new robotic servicing system that provides additional options for
customers to enhance the value of their satellites. This new space
system also enables the company to expand its customer base with
advanced mission capabilities in an emerging market that Orbital ATK is

The new system consists of two products, Mission Extension Pods (MEPs)™
and Mission Robotic Vehicles (MRVs)™, which complement the industry’s
first commercial satellite servicing vehicles, Orbital ATK’s Mission
Extension Vehicle (MEVs)™, by providing customers with more flexibility
to extend the life and effect repairs to their valuable in-orbit
satellite assets. The MEP is an external propulsion module that attaches
to and provides up to five years of orbital life extension for aging
satellites which are running low on fuel, but are otherwise healthy.
While the primary application of the MRV is to transport and install
MEPs or other payloads on customer satellites, it will also offer space
robotic capabilities for in-orbit repairs and similar functions.

Continuing Orbital ATK’s “keep it simple” strategy, MEP installation is
low risk and allows a customer to remain in full control of their
satellite before, during and after the process. Both new products
leverage the company’s MEV technology while adding new capabilities to
its expanding fleet of in-orbit servicing vehicles. SpaceLogistics, a
wholly-owned subsidiary of Orbital ATK, is now offering this innovative
new system with initial launch scheduled for 2021.

“The introduction of MEPs allows us to offer a complementary service
alongside our MEVs to meet the industry’s needs by providing low-risk,
low-cost station-keeping for geosynchronous satellites of all types,”
said Wilson, President of SpaceLogistics. “We always aimed to expand our
fleet to provide a wide variety of space logistics services, and the
MEV, MEP and MRV products give our customers the option to select
exactly the kind of life extension or in-space repair they may need,” he

As Orbital ATK introduces its newest in-orbit servicing system, the
company continues to make excellent progress on the production of its
first two Mission Extension Vehicles. MEV-1 is scheduled to launch in
late 2018 and MEV-2 is targeted for lift-off in early 2020. Each MEV has
a 15-year design life with the ability to perform numerous dockings and
other services during its life span. Intelsat, one of the world’s
largest commercial satellite operators, is the initial customer for the
first two MEV’s.

The MEV, MEPs and MRV are part of SpaceLogistics’ long-range plan to
establish a fleet of in-orbit servicing vehicles that can address
diverse space logistics needs including repair, assembly and
through-space transportation. The company is also working with U.S.
government agencies to develop and implement new capabilities in its
servicing vehicle fleet. These include next-generation repair vehicles,
in-orbit assembly of large space structures, and cargo delivery and
logistics services to deep-space gateways in lunar orbit.

B-roll and animation footage for Orbital ATK’s next-generation
commercial servicing vehicles can be found here:
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About Orbital ATK

Orbital ATK is a global leader in aerospace and defense technologies.
The company designs, builds and delivers space, defense and aviation
systems for customers around the world, both as a prime contractor and
merchant supplier. Its main products include launch vehicles and related
propulsion systems; missile products, subsystems and defense
electronics; precision weapons, armament systems and ammunition;
satellites and associated space components and services; and advanced
aerospace structures. Headquartered in Dulles, Virginia, Orbital ATK
employs approximately 14,000 people across the U.S. and in several
international locations. For more information, visit

About SpaceLogistics

SpaceLogistics is a global leader in in-orbit satellite servicing
systems and services for commercial and government customers. The
company is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Orbital ATK.

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