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posted on Jun, 13 2014 @ 02:22 PM
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The ISEE 3 reboot project has pushed back the date for breaking the spacecraft out of solar orbit. This is now planned for between June 30th and July 2nd. This delay became practical when it was realized that the ISEE 3 was on a more favorable trajectory than expected. Much less fuel would be required to move it into the new desired orbit, even on a later date.
They will use the Arecibo dish in conjunction with some in the NASA Deep Space Network to get more accurate positional fixes on the spacecraft. This will occur on June 18th through 22nd, and on July 3rd, 4th, and 6th. This will give positions for the ISEE 3 both before and after the planned maneuver.
The project will use the 34 meter dishes of the Deep Space Network, near Goldstone, California; Madrid, Spain; and Canberra, Australia.




posted on Jun, 16 2014 @ 09:48 AM
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The story of the ISEE 3 reboot mission made the front page of the Sunday New York Times, see link, below.
A simple thrust maneuver is tentatively planned for June 21st. This will increase the spin rate of the spacecraft slightly, in order to improve its stability. This is necessary before the orbit-changing maneuver can be done. Its spin has run down a bit from the time of its launch, 36 years ago. This maneuver will also be the first test of the thrusters, and thruster control by radio, since the ISEE 3 reboot project took control of the spacecraft.
www.nytimes.com...
edit on 16-6-2014 by Ross 54 because: corrected link address



posted on Jun, 21 2014 @ 09:25 AM
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A bit of a setback for the ISEE 3 reboot project. The thruster action to improve the spin stabilization of the ISEE 3, set for today, had to be postponed. The reboot team could not confirm that test commands had been properly and consistently received. They are currently investigating this problem.
Things had been going so remarkably well for the project, it seems inevitable that a problem would eventually crop up.
edit on 21-6-2014 by Ross 54 because: Added information



posted on Jun, 26 2014 @ 09:56 PM
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The ISEE 3 reboot team used the NASA Deep Space Network today, to determine the distance of the spacecraft. It is necessary to know its position to a high accuracy, in order to plan the maneuver that will change the orbit. This is the first time since 1999 that the Deep Space Network has communicated with the spacecraft.
The ISEE 3 has successfully carried out some commands sent to it, but there still appears to be a problem with it doing so consistently. Another, longer session using the DSN is planned for tomorrow.



posted on Jul, 2 2014 @ 05:39 PM
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The ISEE-3 reboot team reports that the spacecraft fired its thrusters in response to their commands, successfully carrying out the spin stabilization maneuver today. Next comes the maneuver to change the ISEE-3's solar orbit into a halo orbit near Earth, and the perilous pass very near the Moon, around and behind it. The team adds that data was received from the magnetometer aboard the spacecraft yesterday, revealing signs of a recent solar event.



posted on Jul, 7 2014 @ 08:54 PM
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The ISEE-3 reboot team reports that they will attempt the all-important maneuver to break out of Solar orbit tomorrow, at 16:42 to 19:29 GMT (12:42 to 3:29 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time; 9:42 a.m. to 12:29 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time.) The commands will be sent from the 300 meter (1000 foot) Arecibo radio telescope. If the thrusters succeed in fining, they will arrange another ranging session to confirm that the spacecraft is now in a suitable orbit.



posted on Jul, 7 2014 @ 09:17 PM
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a reply to: Ross 54

Thanks for keeping on top of this and coming here to make updated reports.

I certainly appreciate it!



posted on Jul, 8 2014 @ 10:08 PM
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The plan for Tuesday was to attempt 435 thruster pulses, divided into seven segments. The first segment, of 63 pulses, went well. Problems were encountered during the second. The remainder of the thrust segments were canceled for the day.
The team will be looking at the data, and working out what needs to be done. They have another session at Arecibo booked for Wednesday, at the same time as the one on Tuesday. In addition to resolving the persisting problem of intermittent response to commands, they will presumably have to recalculate the thrust, given the distance the spacecraft will travel in 24 hours.



posted on Jul, 8 2014 @ 10:10 PM
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Is their goal still to see if they can boost it into a LaGrange Point? That would be quite a feat.



posted on Jul, 9 2014 @ 11:02 AM
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Yes, they want to put the spacecraft in a halo orbit near the L1 point, a million and a half kilometers Sunward from Earth. They plan to deliver about 7 meters per second of thrust, very soon. This will send the ISEE-3 very near the Moon on August 10th.
The Moon's gravity will bend the trajectory, and eventually have it looping back around again past Earth. Earth's gravity will then bend the trajectory again sending it on to the halo orbit. See link below, for a diagram of the proposed route of the spacecraft:
images.spaceref.com...
edit on 9-7-2014 by Ross 54 because: improved paragraph structure



posted on Jul, 10 2014 @ 10:07 AM
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Looks like the craft is dead in the water =(.

Curtain Falls on ISEE-3 Reboot Project as Propulsion System Fails


“There was no burn and we detected no acceleration and nothing was coming out of the engines,” NASAWatch.com Editor Keith Cowing, who spearheaded the ISEE-3 Reboot Project along with entrepreneur Dennis Wingo, said in a July 9 phone interview.




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posted on Jul, 10 2014 @ 12:58 PM
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Yes, Keith Cowing strikes a pessimistic tone in that Wednesday phone interview. His Wednesday evening blog on Facebook, though, seems to hold open the hope that further troubleshooting might resolve the problem.
He does allude to a 'plan B' of receiving science data from the spacecraft for a few months, even if it remains in solar orbit, should it prove impossible to put the ISEE-3 into a halo orbit near Earth.
If yesterday's Facebook blog is contradicted by a later statement more in line with the tone of the interview, then I will conclude that the reboot mission has essentially failed.



posted on Jul, 11 2014 @ 09:55 AM
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A number of news media have been saying that the ISEE-3 reboot team have given up on redirecting the spacecraft into an orbit near Earth. A Friday morning blog on Facebook, written by Keith Cowing, spokesman for the project, tells a very different story.
He reports that the team spent all of Thursday with propulsion experts, and that a number of troubleshooting measures were developed. Among these: applying heat to the hydrazine fuel tank, and clearing the (possibly) blocked fuel lines by commanding the ISEE-3 to execute a multitude of thrust pulses. Cowing reaffirms that they have "most certainly not given up".
Another communication session with the spacecraft is planned for today, again through the Arecibo radio telescope.



posted on Jul, 15 2014 @ 04:05 PM
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The ISEE-3 reboot team has released a long, complex, and highly technical statement. The gist of it is as follows:
There probably is pressurizing gas and fuel still available to guide the spacecraft. It was previously thought that the pressuring gas, which drives the fuel into the thrusters had somehow leaked away over the years.
It appears that the thrusters may have failed to work properly, when last tried on July 8th and 9th, for one or both of the following reasons:
An excess of the pressuring gas, or gases from the decomposition of the fuel, or both may have accumulated in the fuel lines, preventing the thrusters from firing.
During the attempts to apply thrust to the spacecraft, electrical power to the fuel line valves was not turned on for much of the time. These valves permit fuel to flow to the thrusters. Without power the valves would remain closed.

Tomorrow, they will open the valves, and try to clear the fuel lines of any gasses that may be blocking them, hoping the the thrusters will begin to work again. The communication session runs from 16:19 to 19:05 GMT (12:19 to 3:03 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time, and 9:19 a.m. to 12:03 p.m. Pacific Daylight time.).



posted on Jul, 16 2014 @ 12:46 PM
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The ISEE-3 team is currently offering live narration on Twitter, of their attempt, today, to restore the functioning of the spacecraft's thrusters.



posted on Jul, 18 2014 @ 10:54 AM
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Wednesday's attempt to return the ISEE-3 thrusters to action produced a small amount of thrust, enough to change the spacecraft's course slightly. Another attempt will be made today (Friday) starting at 16:13 GMT, (12:13 p.m. EDT, 9:13 a.m. PDT) and running for about three hours, thereafter. At least part of this session should be narrated live, on Twitter.



posted on Jul, 25 2014 @ 10:53 AM
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After trying a number of things to make the thrusters work again, over the last several days, the ISEE 3 reboot team has had to concede that they will not be able to bring the spacecraft back into an orbit near Earth. They still hope to do some science with it, as some of the instruments are apparently still working.

There is some uncertainty about how long they will be able to communicate with the spacecraft, as it moves away from Earth again, in its independent solar orbit. Much apparently depends on their ability to access the Arecibo antenna or NASA's Deep Space Network.
edit on 25-7-2014 by Ross 54 because: improved paragraph structure.



posted on Aug, 8 2014 @ 05:00 PM
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*NEWS: CLOSEST APPROACH TO MOON ON SUNDAY, 10TH OF AUG*

This Sunday at around 10:30am PT / 1:30pm ET there'll be a live stream from the control room of the team of scientist around the ISEE-3 Reboot Project.

Although the propulsion system isn't working anymore, after more then 30 years the scientific instruments of the spacecraft are still functional and ready to take some last screens of the moon, before it passes away.




posted on Aug, 10 2014 @ 02:38 PM
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Anyone captured the livestream or made pics?

Seems due to some legal reasons the video wasn't broadcasted here in germany. I wonder what these could be.






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