Phobos-Grunt was recently released on contact


30/11/2011

European Space Agency (ESA) has managed to contact the Russian interplanetary station on the night of the 23rd to the 24th of November.

The agency reports that it was possible to detect a radio signal in Perth, Australia. ESA is now working with Russian engineers to determine the best way to keep in touch with the station.

Phobos-Grunt is stuck in Earth orbit since its launch on November 9, unable to start the engine, which was to take him to Mars.

This news prompted extinct was the hope that Russian scientists will be able to determine the cause of problems and correct them.

In Phobos-soil is still a little time to start your mission before the changes in the position of the planets push us away from the Red Planet on unattainable distance.

"We had some radiometric measurements to more accurately calculate the orbit. This should make it easier to establish contact with Phobos-Grunt in the future."

All information collected, including telemetry from Phobos-Ground was transferred to the Russian side.

In the case of a favorable option, the problem is in the code - in this case, engineers can upload new commands.

Original: BBC


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