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Why is this satellite's solar panel oscillating?

If you observe the linkage angles and visual overlap of the various components, you can see that there is some form of automated movement, extending the panel. The scissors joint at the main body ...
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What could cause a satellite to tumble during operation?

The boring and probably most common reason for a unwanted tumble would be leak or otherwise uncommanded operation of the control system, noting this will generally end with fuel exhaustion or other ...
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How does GPS receiver synchronize time with GPS satellites?

TL;DR The clock on each GPS satellite is calibrated/synchronized to the same time. Each transmits a signal representing the time of emission from that satellite, as well as ephemeris data describing ...
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