MMS Spacecraft Transition to Tetrahedral Flying Formation

  • Released Wednesday, July 29th, 2015
  • Updated Wednesday, May 3rd, 2023 at 1:49PM
  • ID: 4333

In the latter half of July 2015, the four satellites of the Magnetosphere Multi-scale (MMS) mission move into their tetrahedral formation flying configuration as part of the checkout for the science phase of the mission.

During this phase, the four spacecraft will have their orbits adjusted to eventually bring them to within about ten kilometers of each other .


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Magnetic Field Lines (Luhmann-Friesen) (Collected with the Luhmann-Friesen Magnetosphere Model (1979) sensor)

Journal of Geophysical Research, vol. 84, Aug. 1, 1979, p. 4405-4408

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