MEV-2 mission extension services on THOR 10-02 are extended by several more years.

MEV-2, launched in 2020, has been successfully extending the mission of the jointly operated THOR 10-02 / Intelsat 10-02 satellite. Initially contracted for up to five years, its exceptional performance has led to an extension of service for several more years.

Telenor Satellite makes history when MEV-2 docks with THOR 10-02/IS-10-02 for the first-ever on-orbit satellite servicing in geosynchronous orbit.

Image: Courtesy of Northrop Grumman


In 2021, in partnership with Intelsat, Telenor Satellite was the first commercial satellite operator to perform on-orbit servicing of an active satellite in geosynchronous orbit. The Mission Extension Vehicle (MEV-2) delivered by Northrop Grumman has been providing a successful service to the jointly run THOR 10-02/ Intelsat 10-02 satellite.

The contract was expected to run for up to five years but, due to the consistent and high-quality service provided by MEV-2, Telenor Satellite and Intelsat have agreed to extend the service by several more years.

THOR 10-02 / Intelsat 10-02 itself was launched in 2004 and is still in excellent health with 100% redundancy still available in the Telenor Satellite payload. It carries thousands of valuable communication links, making crucial connectivity possible in remote locations on land and at sea.

The docking procedure in 2021 was the first ever undertaken on an active satellite and was achieved in a completely seamless fashion with no downtime occurring, ensuring continuity of service for Telenor Satellite’s customers. By extending this service we are able to ensure transmissions will continue smoothly over the coming years.

Morten Tengs, CEO of Telenor Satellite, said: “The MEV-2 mission has proved a great success, benefitting our customers across Europe and the Middle East. By continuing to employ this history-making technology we can extend the longevity of this high-quality satellite and ensure hassle-free continued operation for our customers.”


Read more about the MEV-2 project:

Telenor Satellite’s THOR 10-02 makes satellite communications history 36 000 km above the equator. – Telenor Satellite

Telenor Satellite announces revolutionary on-orbit life-extension service of its THOR 10-02 satellite in geosynchronous orbit. – Telenor Satellite

Mission Extension Vehicle (MEV) fact sheet