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 SpaceX would extend the life of the Hubble Space Telescope
October 4, 2022

SpaceX would extend the life of the Hubble Space Telescope

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A study by NASA and SpaceX is investigating whether Hubble’s life can be extended by changing its orbit.

SpaceX plans to begin a study with NASA to find out how to use the Dragon capsule to raise the orbiting altitude of the Hubble Space Telescope, which they hope will extend the useful life of the space telescope, which has been in service since 1990 and has helped make major discoveries.

The expected 6-month research is fully financed by SpaceX, the company also approached NASA with the idea a few months earlier.

According to NASA, they will collect data that will help determine whether it is possible to safely dock with the space telescope (and whether it will require modifications, whether astronauts are needed) and then put it into a more stable orbit.

In the early 2000s, as part of the American space shuttle program, Hubble was repaired several times, since the program was stopped in 2011, there were several ideas for further repairs, but in the end, no plan came up.

NASA emphasized that the agreement is only for a study funded by SpaceX, and no further improvements are planned.



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