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MRV [Northrop Grumman]

The MRV is an experimental satellite servicing vehicle developed for DARPA's RSGS (Robotic Servicing of Geosynchronous Satellites) program.

The first attempt of the RSGS program was the SIS Servicing Vehicle to be devloped by SSL and Space Infrastructure Services LLC (SIS). SSLís parent company Maxar Technologies bowed out of the partnership for financial reasons.

The satellite is jointly developed by Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems (NGIS) and the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory's (NRL). The vehicle is based on Northrop Grumman's MEV (Mission Extension Vehicle), which carries NRL's robotics payload, which consists of two dexterous robotic manipulator arms, along with several tools and sensors.

Nation: USA
Type / Application: Satellite servicing
Operator: Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems (NGIS), DARPA
Contractors: Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems (NGIS) (bus); NRL (payload)
Equipment: Docking adaptor
Configuration: GEOStar-3
Propulsion: 2 electric propulsion modules
Power: 2 deployable solar arrays, batteries
Lifetime: 15 years
Mass: ~3000 kg
Orbit: GEO
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
MRV 1 (RSGS) - 2025 CC Falcon-9 v1.2 (Block 5) with MEP 1, 2, 3
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