Two Glory Beauty Passes
The Glory spacecraft uses Orbital Sciences Corporation Space Systems Group's LEOStar-1 bus design, with deployable solar arrays, 3-axis stabilization, and X-band/S-band RF communications capabilities. The structure consists of an octagonal aluminum space frame and a hydrazine propulsion module containing enough fuel to support initial orbit raising and at least 36 months of on-orbit service. The spacecraft bus also provides payload power; command, telemetry, and science data interfaces, including onboard storage of data; and an attitude control subsystem to support instrument pointing requirements. Two animated beauty passes reveal different perspectives of the spacecraft in orbit.
Beauty pass of the Glory satellite with Earth in background.
Beauty pass of Glory with sunrise and Earth limb in background.
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