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(Betabeat)   Headline that sounds like The Onion: "Civilians in Abandoned McDonald's Seize Control of Wandering Space Satellite"   (betabeat.com) divider line 16
    More: Cool, McDonald, Arecibo Observatory, satellites, Ames Research Center, Keith Cowing, solar winds, mission control  
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2014-08-11 12:59:18 PM
So...something like this.
beyondthemarquee.com
 
2014-08-11 03:24:32 PM
Is this a dupe or a followup?
 
2014-08-11 03:31:52 PM
Onion or Madlib?
 
2014-08-11 03:59:30 PM
Mess with the best; die like the rest.
 
2014-08-11 04:19:19 PM

WelldeadLink: Is this a dupe or a followup?


Sort of both. These guys established two-way communication with ISEE-3 on May 29. a week after being "handed the keys" from NASA. This was all pretty well-covered. The article makes it sound like these guys just startedtrying to control it on their own.
 
2014-08-11 05:22:44 PM

Tobin_Lam: WelldeadLink: Is this a dupe or a followup?

Sort of both. These guys established two-way communication with ISEE-3 on May 29. a week after being "handed the keys" from NASA. This was all pretty well-covered. The article makes it sound like these guys just startedtrying to control it on their own.


Link? I find this fascinating ...

/subby
 
2014-08-11 05:41:07 PM

LesterB: Tobin_Lam: WelldeadLink: Is this a dupe or a followup?

Sort of both. These guys established two-way communication with ISEE-3 on May 29. a week after being "handed the keys" from NASA. This was all pretty well-covered. The article makes it sound like these guys just startedtrying to control it on their own.

Link? I find this fascinating ...

/subby


Here's the Ars Technica article. Follow the lnks for a pretty good history on the topic.
 
2014-08-11 05:43:21 PM

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people.virginia.edu

 
2014-08-11 05:49:28 PM

abb3w: ...


Well they haven't began experimenting on anyone yet
 
2014-08-11 07:09:26 PM
Didn't the whole project go tits-up when the satellite turned out to not have enough maneuvering fuel left to set up any kind of reasonable new orbit?
 
2014-08-11 07:45:25 PM

RoomFullOfMonkeys: Didn't the whole project go tits-up when the satellite turned out to not have enough maneuvering fuel left to set up any kind of reasonable new orbit?


Last that I heard, there seemed to be fuel pressure but it wasn't reaching some thrusters.
 
2014-08-11 07:57:48 PM

WelldeadLink: RoomFullOfMonkeys: Didn't the whole project go tits-up when the satellite turned out to not have enough maneuvering fuel left to set up any kind of reasonable new orbit?

Last that I heard, there seemed to be fuel pressure but it wasn't reaching some thrusters.


All the nitrogen leaked out, so there's no fuel pressure. Everything else still works so they are just going to see what they can do with that. It will remain in a solar orbit and when we lose contact with it, we'll likely never get to talk to it again.
 
2014-08-11 07:59:11 PM
www.explainxkcd.com
 
2014-08-11 09:53:50 PM
Sounds like the plot of an old GI Joe cartoon
 
2014-08-11 10:59:44 PM

RedVentrue: LesterB: Tobin_Lam: WelldeadLink: Is this a dupe or a followup?

Sort of both. These guys established two-way communication with ISEE-3 on May 29. a week after being "handed the keys" from NASA. This was all pretty well-covered. The article makes it sound like these guys just startedtrying to control it on their own.

Link? I find this fascinating ...

/subby

Here's the Ars Technica article. Follow the lnks for a pretty good history on the topic.


This is the eariliest Fark link related to it that I could find with a cursory search.  A little earlier they started a funderaiser, which my brother and I (and a whole bunch of others) gave to.

They intended to "seize control" as far as firing its thrusters to put it back in orbit around L1 (Lagrangian point 1), but after a bit of thrust to adjust the spin back to tolerance, there was no compressed nitrogen left to fire the thrusters to make the orbital change.  So it's going to continue to swoop around the sun and back.

The team did "seize" enough control to operate the instruments, which with their people science plan, could be pretty cool over time.
 
2014-08-12 12:04:07 AM
Duh. Summaries are here:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Cometary_Explorer#Reboot _e ffort

Propulsion is not working, so it's been shut down.
The team is shifting to tracking and data collection from the instruments, trying to follow it in its 300-day orbit.
So what they've accomplished is to gain control of an operational satellite which can't change its orbit, but is yet another data collector in the ecliptic.
 
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