Why Space Matters: HEO Satellite Operations, Part 5–Spysats, IR, and MMS

The Molniya orbit, a type of highly elliptical orbit (HEO), was the focus of the last HEO post.  And it was noted that the Molniya is an orbit perfectly suited to communication.  But what other missions and satellites use the HEO? Believe it or not, the US has organizations that use the HEO for a […]

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Can Satellites Help Find Lost Aircraft? Can You? Maybe!

“The mystery surrounding the unfortunate Malaysian Flight MH370 has caused some of the more astute reporters to ask questions about satellites.  Specifically, were there any satellites over the area the airplane disappeared in?  And if there were, would they, or could they have picked up anything to help find the missing airplane?  Ultimately, can satellites help […]

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What’s Old Is New Again

From childhood, I’ve had this weird fascination with dirigibles.  Not blimps, but dirigibles.  The kind of airships people associate with the words, “Oh, the humanity!!”  In spite of the horrific Hindenburg episode, I always thought the zeppelins produced in Friedrichshafen, Germany, were always majestic in movement.  It also looked like a relaxing and luxurious way […]

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