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Formation flying

Filed under mission status, spacecraft, trajectory diagrams, Earth observing missions

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Formation flying The current A-train leader is Aqua, which is always a minimum 10 seconds ahead of CloudSat, the second member. CloudSat stays at least 17.5 seconds ahead of CALIPSO, which maintains a minimum distance of 343 seconds from Aura, the train's "caboose."



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