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Japanese satellite re-enters atmosphere after experiments in ultra-low orbit


Japanese satellite re-enters atmosphere after experiments in ultra-low orbit An experimental Japanese satellite has ended its mission after proving it could operate at super-low altitudes, testing an Earth-imaging camera and using ion propulsion to fight against aerodynamic drag at an altitude of 112 miles (181 kilometers). The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency’s Tsubame satellite, named for the Japanese word for barn swallow, re-entered the atmosphere Oct. 2 after a nearly three-year mission.   More



(Source: SpaceFlight Now - Oct 16)

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