Mating dance

Orbital Express duo split apart, rejoin autonomously

A mission to test satellite servicing techniques took a giant leap forward in a 300-mile-high space ballet Saturday, when two spacecraft separated, spent an hour flying in tight formation, and automatically docked together again.

Woo-hoo! I wasn’t actually there at the time (yes, they do let me come home occasionally), but I’ll be there for the next one this coming Friday evening.

Another nice picture of our satellite, taken during the separation:

NextSat, separated from ASTRO, against the Earth


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