18th May 2024

The only satellite destroyed by a meteor


Olympus-1 was a communications satellite which was launched by the European Space Agency in 1989. In 1993, Olympus-1 was hit by a meteoroid that damaged its solar array pointing system. Satellites use panels of solar cells to derive electricity from the sun. For this, the solar panels have to point at the direction of the sun. A solar array pointing system is used to suitably point to solar arrays towards the sun. This pointing system was damaged.

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