posted on Jul, 15 2014 @ 04:05 PM
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
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