GOES Control Problem Could Be Due To Micrometeroid Collision

By Amy Butler
Source: Aerospace Daily & Defense Report

If all goes to plan, operators will begin activating the instruments at 2 p.m. EDT on May 30; this sequence usually takes about 28 hr. to execute.

Because GOES-14 was activated to handle East Coast monitoring, Mahmot says senior NOAA officials have approved a plan to allow heating of the GOES-13 satellite and performing an outgassing process on the sounder in an effort to reduce noise on the short-wave channel that was noticed before the attitude problem last week. By heating the satellite up, operators hope to “bake off” any contaminants that may interfere with data transfer.

The outgassing will require about four days, followed by a one-day cool-off period.

Mahmot says GOES-13 could be ready for a return to full operational status as soon as June 5.


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