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Max Q: More propulsion troubles on-orbit

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Max Q: More propulsion troubles on-orbit

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More propulsion troubles on-orbit
News from Astranis and more

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‘Irreparable' thrusters and solar activity push 3 HawkEye 360 satellites to lower orbits

-sensing satellite operator HawkEye 360 is the latest to experience problems in orbit, due to an “irreparable” failure of propulsion systems made by Austria-based Enpulsion, compounded by high solar activity.

“The Cluster 4 spacecraft are currently operating at an orbital altitude of approximately 477 km, as a result of failures in the propulsion systems of each of the Cluster 4 spacecraft,” the company told the U.. Federal Communications Commission. “The company has unsuccessfully tried to these failures and recently concluded that the propulsion system failures are irreparable.”

The news follows earlier reporting from TechCrunch that some Capella Space satellites were starting to prematurely de-orbit due to solar activity and issues with third-party propulsion.

More news from across TC

Array Labs has ambitious plans to scan Earth in 3D using clusters of radar satellites.
Astranis provided exclusive details on its newest , UtilitySat, which CEO called “the of satellites.”
Boeing‘s Starliner capsule will not be ready to fly astronauts for its next test mission until March 2024 at the earliest, Boeing and officials estimated.
Exotrail, a French in-space transportation startup, is expanding its global footprint with two U.S. subsidiaries, including one focused on serving U.S. government and defense customers.
Firefly debuted its line of orbital transfer vehicles, called Elytra, with the first Elytra variant heading to space in 2024.

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