“Voyager-2” will be transferred to the offline mode of work for 11 months to modernize the far space in the framework of the Deep Space Network
The spacecraft “Voyager-2” has recently crossed the border of interstellar space. But the NASA team decided to leave the probe “alone” for a long time for serious optimization. The space Agency has decided to take the spacecraft offline for 11 months to modernize the far space in the framework of the Deep Space Network (DSN).
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Procedure improve communication with distant spacecraft requires translation communication system in offline mode. In the following year, the time of “Voyager-2” will continue to explore interstellar space and send data back to Earth. However, technicians will not be able to send any commands to the spacecraft.
Also conduct a similar procedure with the probe forced the recent crash, because of which “Voyager 2” used too much energy after the unsuccessful maneuver of rotation. The problem was fixed and the ship is now running as usual, but this error has forced NASA to revise plans for improvement of communication systems.
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“We returned the spacecraft into a kind of hibernation. The unit will operate normally. System will assume assuming all goes well, at the time when the antenna will be off. In case, if something goes wrong, which is always possible, especially with an aging spaceship, the built-in protection against failures will help to cope with the situation,” said Suzanne Dodd, project Manager for Voyager and the Director of JPL’s interplanetary network.
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To get the data from the “Voyager 2”, three 33-metre antennas have been configured for listening to his signals. In the meantime, the 70-meter radio station in Canberra, Australia, will be upgraded to make it more sensitive and reliable and it is better to take the data from the device and send it commands.
“It is obvious that the 11-month renovation imposes more restrictions on other projects DSN. But the advantage is that when the connection is resumed, antenna in Canberra will be much safer,” – commented the chief engineer of Deep Space Network Jeff Berner.
Earlier, NASA has shown the Earth from a distance of 6 billion kilometers. At the same time, interplanetary mission NASA has unexpectedly discovered a new black hole.
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