Cool Gadgets, Gizmos, Games and Geek Stuff on Technabob
VISIT OUR OTHER SITES: THE AWESOMER | 95OCTANE

Like Us on Facebook

Technabob is reader-supported. When you buy through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission.
As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. Disclosure.

ISEE-3 Satellite Propulsion System Fails, Lunar Impact Possible

 |  |  |  July 11, 2014


A couple months back I mentioned that a group of volunteers were working with NASA to get control of a satellite called ISEE-3 that had been orbiting in space all alone for decades. The amateur controllers were able to reestablish communications with the satellite and get it to fire its thrusters to modify its orbit.

isee_3_satellite

The team was able to modify the orbit of the satellite with the initial thruster firing. Unfortunately, that orbit modification has opened up a slight chance that the satellite will crash into the Moon when it flies by in the coming weeks. A follow up attempt to get the satellite to fire thrusters failed. The team controlling the ISEE-3 satellite is now saying that the propulsion system has failed and no further control is possible.

ISEE-3 is now in science mode and is gathering data, and the team’s engineers hope to know later today the exact location and trajectory of the satellite.

[via LA Times]



Exploring the Elements

Exploring the Elements

Monogram Creative Console

Monogram Creative Console

The Cuphead Show! (Teaser)

The Cuphead Show! (Teaser)

2022 Toyota GR 86 Is Stiffer and Improves on Horsepower and Torque

2022 Toyota GR 86 Is Stiffer and Improves on Horsepower and Torque

BMW M Motorsports Introduces the BMW M4 GT3 Race Car

BMW M Motorsports Introduces the BMW M4 GT3 Race Car

Concepts from Future Past: Toyota EX-III

Concepts from Future Past: Toyota EX-III

Advertisement