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Dec 03 2014

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Galileo satellite nudged into a usable orbit

11 maneuver burns were executed to recover the satellite. It’s not in its original intended orbit, where it crosses the same point on Earth every 10 days, but in an orbit where it crosses the same point on Earth every 20 days.

Congrats to ESA. When a satellite is put into the wrong orbit, it is usually a total loss. They plan the same maneuvers for the other Galileo satellite in the wrong orbit.

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