ISEE-3 spacecraft team faces new challenge redirecting old satellite

ISEE-3 satellite fails to respond to command to fire thrusters again after initial success with thruster firing.

@ShaneMcGlaun
Published Wed, Jul 9 2014 11:03 AM CDT   |   Updated Tue, Nov 3 2020 12:15 PM CST

Earlier this week we mentioned that a team of scientists working out of an abandoned McDonald's restaurant in California had been able to get the decades old ISEE-3 satellite to fire its thrusters. The thruster firing is the first step in an attempt to get the satellite back on track to begin studying solar winds, which was its original mission.

ISEE-3 spacecraft team faces new challenge redirecting old satellite | TweakTown.com

Decades ago, NASA redirected the ISEE-3 satellite to study comets rather than the mission it was built for. After getting the satellite to fire its thrusters, the team working on the project are now reporting that they have hit another issue.

While the first part of the thruster firing succeeded, another attempt to fire the thrusters this week wailed and that firing will be attempted again Wednesday. The failed maneuver Tuesday was intended to fire the thrusters over 400 times to get the spacecraft onto a path to take it near the moon without crashing into the moon.

NEWS SOURCE:nytimes.com

Shane is a long time technology writer who has been writing full time for over a decade. Shane will cover all sorts of news for TweakTown including tech and other topics. When not writing about all things geeky, he can be found at the track teaching noobs how to race cars.

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