Pictured: TJS-4
image source: https://space.skyrocket.de/doc_sdat/tjs-1.htm

By Oswald Thatendswald – 3 August, 2022

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – It would appear TJS-1 has reached the end of its journey.

In our article posted on July 31st, TJS-1 ascended 100km above its GEO slot at 155°E and entered a Westward drift. Today, it’s finally re-descended at 177° W, a full 28° Westward of its starting position.

On August 2nd, the apogee kick motor that delivered TJS-3 to its orbit descended from GEO disposal orbit. Whether it and TJS-1 interacted in any way is uncertain. The 18th Space Defense Squadron (18th SDS) at Vandenberg Space Force Base, California had this to say:

TJS-1 appears stationary at present – the task at hand now is to determine why it moved, what it’s doing now, and what we think it’ll do next. As always, Spectrabotics News is actively monitoring the situation and will provide updates as they arise.

 

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