Eutelsat & MEV satellite launch delayed
September 26, 2019
By Chris Forrester
International Launch Services, the commercial arm of the Russian Proton rocket launch system, has delayed the launch of Eutelsat’s latest craft, E-5 West. The delay also represents a delay for Eutelsat’s co-launch passenger, MEV-1.
The dual payload launch was due for lift-off on September 30th, but is now delayed while a possible electrical issue is resolved.
The issue is being investigated by Khrunichev State Research and Production Space Center, ILS said in a press release. Khrunichev and ILS will re-establish a new launch date once the issue was resolved.
Eutelsat’s partner on the Kazakhstan launch is Northrop Grumman’s Mission Extension Vehicle-1 (MEV-1), a so-called ‘space tug’ which is designed to launch to geostationary orbit and to attach itself to Intelsat’s 901 satellite.
I-91 was launched in 2001 and is reportedly fully operational but low on fuel. MEV-1 should give the satellite an extra 5 years of lucrative working life. MEV-1 is capable of then detaching itself and moving itself to another rescue mission.