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Voyager 2's flipped bit fixed

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla

21-05-2010 17:12 CDT

Topics: mission status, Voyager 1 and 2

A happy ending to this story: JPL reported yesterday evening that the flipped bit in Voyager 2's flight data system software has been successfully toggled back to its correct value.

Reset commands were beamed up to the spacecraft yesterday, Wed., May 19, and engineering data received today confirm that the reset was successful. The Voyager team will continue monitoring the engineering data, and if the bit remains reset, commands to switch to the science data mode will be beamed up to Voyager 2 on Sat., May 22. Receipt of science data would then resume on Sun., May 23.

Yay for the Voyager 2 mission team!

 
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Comments:

Shreerang Kaulgi: 11/29/2013 08:06 CST

The mission is so long that a generation must have retired. I wonder how the next picks up the ends and carries on. From the looks of it, the spacecraft may keep transmitting for years. All non terminating deep space missions must be having permanent "Control Rooms" manned continuously. Also the diagnosis and fixed must correspond to that craft's technology. It is matter of pride that the both the Voyager crafts and possibly Pioneer 10 & 11 are still on air!

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