Why Space Matters: HEO Satellite Operations, Part 4–Moley, Moley, Moley, Molniya!

During the last lesson, you might have been enlightened with the information that even though the Soviets have used, and Russians do use, geosynchronous (GEO) orbits for satellites, they seem to have a special place in their vodka-filled hearts for the highly elliptical orbit (HEO).  And that last lesson enumerates the reasons why they like it.  For one particular […]

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Of elephants for satellites

You might remember in another aside I posted, I noted the Chinese may not be just targeting the United States with their space activities, but their Indian neighbors, too.  Well, according to this article, the Indians just had one of their communications satellites, GSAT-7, launched on an Ariane-5 out of Kourou, French Guiana.  It’s just […]

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