View Full Version : SMART-1 Update: One Month in Orbit

2005-Sep-11, 10:19 AM
SUMMARY: The European Space Agency's SMART-1 spacecraft has been orbiting the Earth for a full month now, and has made 64 complete orbits. Engineers have been wary this week about firing its ion engine with the increased solar activity. There have been a few problems: the engine unexpectedly turned off, but worked fine on the next firing; its star tracker had difficulty orienting the spacecraft but upgrades to the software resolved that. It's still on track to reach the Moon by March 2005.

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