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Unravelling the Beta Pictoris System
MISSION STATUS:
Picsat is: not responding since 2018-03-20
Number of telemetry packets received today:
0
Last beacon satellite:
2018-04-07 20:45:22 UTC

Last beacon payload:
2018-03-20 01:00:08 UTC

Uplink is not active
Downlink is not active

News from PicSat

PicSat suddenly silent

mroos, 2018-03-21 12:41:32


Yesterday 20 March PicSat has suddenly fallen silent, stopping to emit telemetry data.

The mission has been going really well, in spite of a problem with the Attitude Determination and Control System, the solution of which is well under way. 80 radio amateurs from around the globe have been contributing to the mission by receiving and sending the decoded telemetry to the PicSat Data Base. This has proven extremely useful for the team!

The cause of the sudden silence is not known at this point. The last beacon was received from Brazil by Roland Zurmely, PY4ZBZ, yesterday at 13:17:37UTC. If nothing happens in the 72 hours following the last communication, yesterday at 11:20 UTC, then the Watch Dog should be kick starting the satellite and get everything back operational again. Everybody waits and hopes to see this coming Friday 23rd March. In the mean time, the team tries to find out more about what could have caused the sudden stop of communication.

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Posted by Remi N5CNB - 2018-03-21 13:59:21 UTC:
Picsat was silent at 16:04 UTC during the pass over Texas on march20th. RĂ©mi N5CNB