Sun  ID: 4333

MMS Spacecraft Transition to Tetrahedral Flying Formation

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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Tom Bridgman (GST): Lead Visualizer
Genna Duberstein (USRA): Producer
Karen Fox (ADNET): Writer
Thomas Moore (NASA/GSFC): Lead Scientist
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Magnetospheric Multiscale (MMS)

Data Used:
Simulated MMS Ephemeris
Luhmann-Friesen Magnetosphere Model (1979)/Magnetic Field Lines (Luhmann-Friesen)
Journal of Geophysical Research, vol. 84, Aug. 1, 1979, p. 4405-4408
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