Using old-fashioned steam power, two cubesats executed the first coordinated maneuver in low-Earth orbit. Some call it ‘talk’ – some call it ‘dance’.

The propulsive movement happened after one of the twin spacecraft — with help from the ground — commanded the other to close the 5.5-mile (8.85-kilometer) gap separating the cubesats. Each spacecraft carries fuel tanks filled with water, which thrusters converted to steam to help the cubesats move closer together.

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