Satellites and Space Weather

The Facts About Satellites

What does falling have to do with orbits?

The heart of satellite orbits

The major types of satellites,
orbits and their uses

A gallery of invaluable and near real-
time data products from space.

Number of worldwide satellite launches.

Number of satellites in geostationary orbit now.

Space Weather Effects

Atmospheric Drag

Lost Satellites

Degraded Solar Panels

Electric discharges

Phantom commands

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