posted on Nov, 25 2016 @ 05:39 AM
a reply to: MarioOnTheFly
Actually yes, simply like an old car that does not have microchips, a computer, and a fuel injection unit, but a carburetor instead.
Take out the old battery, put in a new one or jumper lead it, a little fuel, and bang, car started.
In the sats case, can't put a new battery in so it's powered by a direct jumper lead from the solar panels, and will only work as long as the solar
panels are pointed at the sun light, when no power (jumper lead off) the sat stops working again (car stalls).
Remember the satellites circuitry is pre-microchip, the battery is a mass of metal that the more heat from the sun on the solar panels would charge
and melt/degrade the battery more and more.
What happens with a thin copper wire when you bridge it on a 9v battery? Think of that constantly over a 40+ year period on a battery in a harsh
environment being constantly heated, charged, frozen, constricting, expanding and repeat non-stop for 4 decades.
How much junk have we launched into space? And how many satellites have failed from the beginning of the space age from all countries? the odds of one
powering on is likely to happen after 50 years, so lottery odds have indeed happened.
edit on 25-11-2016 by MuonToGluon because: (no reason given)