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ComSat Mun III (Archive)
^^ Craft Information - Orbital Period Adjusted ^^
The second launch attempt saw ComSat Mun III in orbit around Mun to complete the Munar Relay Network - although thanks to the meager power capacity of ComSat Mun I the network is currently restricted to a bare-minimum orbital height. The transfer stage for this craft witnessed an impact of the ComSat Mun II transfer stage in an attempt to collect ejecta. The craft now operates up around 1,150km
The gap between this satellite and ComSat Mun II has grown large enough to bring them outside of 2.5Mm omni antenna range. However there are no active missions around Mun that rely on them being in constant contact and the gap is easily bridged by Munar Orbiter III's elliptical trajectory, so controllers have only made a small adjustment to the craft's orbital period to gradually bring it back within range of ComSat Mun II on 12/10. While the satellites could be brought back into range much sooner, without dire need for them to be in contact the gradual approach saves fuel - controllers only expended 0.01 units of monopropellant to adjust the craft's orbital period.