GSSAP checks up on MUOS-5

From: Allen Thomson via Seesat-l <>
Date: Fri, 19 Aug 2016 12:21:56 +0000 (UTC)

Air Force sent GSSAP satellite to check on stalled MUOS-5
by Mike Gruss — August 18, 2016

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – The U.S. Air Force said Aug. 18 it sent one of its high-orbiting space surveillance satellites to check on a Navy communications satellite that ran into propulsion problems about halfway to geosynchronous orbit.


To better understand why the satellite was struggling, the Joint Functional Component Command for Space at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California tasked the Geosynchronous Space Situational Awareness Program, or GSSAP, satellites for an image of MUOS-5. Satellite operators from Schriever Air Force Base in Colorado Springs, Colorado then used rendezvous and proximity maneuvers to get the once-classified vehicle into position to capture the best images of the Navy satellite, the Air Force said in a press release.


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