The Moon: Where No SATNAV Has Gone Before

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Launching under the European Space Agency’s Moonlight initiative, the Lunar Pathfinder mission lays the foundations for communication and navigation services for future lunar missions. Aboard the Lunar Pathfinder spacecraft is a test version of the NaviMoon satellite navigation (satnav) receiver, which will hopefully provide accurate positioning for the Moon’s near side, far side, orbit, and poles, making it the furthest a satnav system has ever gone. If it’s successful, future lunar missions could navigate themselves to the Moon without help from mission control. Read full article here

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