A space mission to save Hubble launched before 2025?

Three months after the launch of a joint study with SpaceX, NASA continues to explore the possibility of a mission to Hubble to improve its orbit and extend its life. The timetable for such a mission is becoming clearer.

NASA repeats it in all tones: it currently has no intention of leading or even funding a Hubble maintenance mission. Nevertheless… Three months after signing an agreement with SpaceX to explore the possibility of using a Crew Dragon capsule to raise the space telescope’s orbit, it issued a “request for information” on December 22. » aimed at American industrialists, which between the lines, somewhat clarifies the contours of such a mission. A re-boost, or nothing The US agency is looking to involve private actors in operations to “re-boost” satellites into orbit. Periodically these must be raised because the atmosphere – even extremely thin at

NASA repeats it in all tones: it currently has no intention of leading or even funding a Hubble maintenance mission. Nevertheless… Three months after signing an agreement with SpaceX to explore the possibility of using a Crew Dragon capsule to raise the space telescope’s orbit, it issued a “request for information” on December 22. » aimed at American industrialists, which between the lines, somewhat clarifies the contours of such a mission.

A re-boost, or nothing The American agency seeks to involve private actors in the operation of “re-boost” of satellites in orbit. Periodically these must be raised because the atmosphere – even extremely thin at

David Fossé, Published on December 30, 2022, Modified on December 30, 2022

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