Satellite hookup demonstrates orbital servicing

An image captured by Northrop Grumman’s MEV-1 satellite shows the Intelsat 901 satellite from 80 meters, with Earth in the background. (Northrop Grumman / SpaceLogistics Photo)

For the first time, one commercial satellite has docked with another satellite in geosynchronous orbit, demonstrating a technology that will be crucial for on-orbit servicing and reducing space junk.

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By Alan Boyle

Mastermind of Cosmic Log, contributor to GeekWire and Universe Today, author of "The Case for Pluto: How a Little Planet Made a Big Difference," past president of the Council for the Advancement of Science Writing.

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