Rich Smith from the Motley Fool
Northrop opens a new chapter in spaceflight — in-orbit satellite repair and servicing. A decade in the making, Northrop Grumman‘s space tow truck service has finally arrived.
At 6:18 a.m. EDT Wednesday, a Russian Proton rocket operated by Reston, Virginia-based ILS International Launch Services launched from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Its payload: one French communications satellite and Northrop’s first-of-its-kind Mission Extension Vehicle-1, or “MEV-1.”