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Re: TESS

Post by Sirius_Alpha on 18th April 2018, 7:05 pm

TESS was just launched by the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket into a parking orbit. In a bit they'll raise the apoapsis out to lunar distance.
Edit: Spacecraft has been separated from the upper stage and is on its own now.

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Re: TESS

Post by Led_Zep on 18th April 2018, 9:46 pm

https://www.nasa.gov/press-release/nasa-planet-hunter-on-its-way-to-orbit

NASA Planet Hunter on Its Way to Orbit

Over the course of several weeks, TESS will use six thruster burns to travel in a series of progressively elongated orbits to reach the Moon, which will provide a gravitational assist so that TESS can transfer into its 13.7-day final science orbit around Earth. After approximately 60 days of check-out and instrument testing, the spacecraft will begin its work
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