Crowd-Funded Space Program Successful

Communication with ISEE-3 spacecraft re-established


Tue, Sep 16th, 2014 10:00 by capnasty NEWS

NASA's ISEE-3 satellite, originally launched in 1978, was shut down after it completed its mission. Because its orbit meant it would swing by Earth, a crowd-funded group raised enough funds to rebuild the equipment needed to communicate with the spacecraft and start a whole new mission.

The ISEE-3 Reboot Project is pleased to announce that our team has established two-way communication with the ISEE-3 spacecraft and has begun commanding it to perform specific functions. Over the coming days and weeks our team will make an assessment of the spacecraft's overall health and refine the techniques required to fire its engines and bring it back to an orbit near Earth.

First Contact with ISEE-3 was achieved at the Arecibo Radio Observatory in Puerto Rico. We would not have been able to achieve this effort without the gracious assistance provided by the entire staff at Arecibo. In addition to the staff at Arecibo, our team included simultaneous listening and analysis support by AMSAT-DL at the Bochum Observatory in Germany, the Space Science Center at Morehead State University in Kentucky, and the SETI Institute's Allen Telescope Array in California.



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