Sep 30, 2022

NASA and SpaceX explore using Dragon to send Hubble back to its initial position

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NASA and SpaceX are undertaking a feasibility study.

The Hubble Space Telescope could one day be serviced by a private SpaceX spacecraft called Dragon, according to an article published by Space.com

Jensen further added that a Dragon Hubble mission wouldn’t necessarily need to be crewed. The study might point the way to an uncrewed mission with Dragon or even a different aircraft.

An orbit derailed.

Hubble is in a good state at the moment but its orbit has been derailed a little over the past 33 years due to atmospheric drag. The telescope currently travels around Earth at an altitude of about 335 miles (540 kilometers), roughly 38 miles (60 km) lower than its initial orbit.

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