30 Dec '16, 6pm

How did engineers solve problems aboard the Pluto mission from billions of miles away?

How did engineers solve problems aboard the Pluto mission from billions of miles away?

The New Horizons interplanetary space probe went silent on July 4, 2015, just a week before the craft was scheduled to begin delivering photos and data from Pluto. After 9.5 years traveling to the far off once-planet, there was suddenly nothing. At first, the 40 members of the Space Mission Operations Group that manages NASA's New Horizons mission were stunned. Yet according to Alice Bowman, New Horizons Mission Operations Manager (MOM) at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory in Maryland, there wasn’t time for panic. When asked about the team’s emotional response during the hours it looked like the mission might possibly be doomed, she told Design News, “We didn’t have time for an emotional reaction. We had to get to work.” The malfunction occurred just as the spacecraft was approaching Pluto. “The flyby was scheduled for nine days, from July 7 to July 1...

Full article: https://www.designnews.com/aerospace/when-spacecraft-goes...

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