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SORCE begins tenth year of operation

It’s the tenth anniversary of the surprisingly long-lived and highly-successful Solar and Radiation Climate Experiment (SORCE) satellite built by Orbital Sciences.

SORCE’s original mission was to continuously generate solar climate science and Earth atmospheric data. Orbital expected its operational lifespan to hit five years at the most.

Ten years have passed since SORCE launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida aboard a Pegasus vehicle. The satellite is still going strong, transmitting data to the Mission Operations Center at the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP) of the University of Colorado. Its data

According to Orbital, the SORCE mission is an ideal example of a partnership between academia, government, and industry can advance science.

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