Dreaded (But Not Terminal) Glitch In GOCE Satellite and Associated Recovery

Posted: September 7, 2010 in Uncategorized
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An uneventful satellite recovery, like uneventful air travel, is a good thing.

So when the controllers associated with the ESA’s Gravity Field and Steady-State Ocean Circulation Explorer (GOCE) satellite solved its comm link glitch, they were no doubt delighted.

The fault/anomaly/error/glitch (a glitch is–of course–a Dilbert-like engineering term without an exact meaning) was first reported on 23 Aug.

Anomaly resolution included correcting the comm fault between the sensors and the telemetry link as well as raising temperatures in a computer compartment by 12 degrees Fahrenheit.

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