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Spacecraft in Orbit

When you look up at night and see an arcing trail of light arcing across the sky, those are spacecraft in orbit. Scientists figured out their orbits long before humans ventured into space travel. Orbits are circular paths followed by satellites, asteroids and planets around Earth under control of gravity. Spacecraft Spacecraft are vehicles or

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New Spacecraft to Mercury – First Flyby of the Solar System’s Closest Planet

On 1 October, the European Space Agency and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency’s bepiColombo mission will make its initial flyby of Mercury to gather images for scientists who anticipate starting its main mission sometime between 2025-2027. Mercury can teach us a great deal about how rocky, Earth-like planets form. But before we can glean any insights

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Spacecraft Dynamics

Spacecraft dynamics is the subfield of celestial mechanics which studies human-created objects’ movements through space. It encompasses calculations, refinement and planning for such bodies such as spacecraft or satellites. Spacecraft Dynamics block computes position, velocity and attitude over time of six degree-of-freedom rigid-body systems with six degrees-of-freedom rigid bodies. Mass tab allows specifying an initial

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