Monday, February 10, 2014

The 8-Track of Space Craft

How sad. ICE/ISEE-3 to return to an Earth no longer capable of speaking to it "The transmitters of the Deep Space Network, the hardware to send signals out to the fleet of NASA spacecraft in deep space, no longer includes the equipment needed to talk to ISEE-3. These old-fashioned transmitters were removed in 1999. Could new transmitters be built? Yes, but it would be at a price no one is willing to spend. And we need to use the DSN because no other network of antennas in the US has the sensitivity to detect and transmit signals to the spacecraft at such a distance."

Many of the comments talk about getting an open community project going.

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