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originally posted by: TEOTWAWKIAIFF
a reply to: InTheLight
They tried the reset in 2007. It was dead for 2 years. The data wasn’t being collected (most likely) and if it was they could not transmit it back. The term used is “lost” but it is not because they could not find it but more like, “lost cause.”
At some point, for some unknown reason, it did reset! The guy looking for the spy satellite finds something. Like stated earlier, there’s lots of stuff up there. He found something but so what, what did he find (he was searching for a spy satellite). He checks other frequencies and the “dead” satellite is showing its ID to anybody passing by! Only he can’t decode the signal. The orbital mechanics tag it as the dead NASA satellite.
Now, they (NASA) are trying to see if they can communicate with it. The tech has changed so much it is difficult to do! And we wait.
Unless you don’t trust NASA to tell the truth!
The software for IMAGE was stored on an old data tape that would be unreadable for any modern hardware. But NASA is a partner (with the ESA) on the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) spacecraft, which has now been in operation for more than 20 years. Thanks to its vintage nature, the SOHO team has a tape drive that can read the four millimeter cassette that holds IMAGE's software.
The data that NASA has read so far suggests that IMAGE's reawakening is even more unexpected than we thought. IMAGE had been built with two sets of redundant hardware (termed A and B), which rescued it back in 2004. Late that year, it suffered a power system reboot; when communication was restored, IMAGE had switched over to the B set of hardware and continued to use that until it dropped communication entirely. Now, IMAGE appears to be back on the A set.
So far, NASA has only checked out the satellite's housekeeping systems. But the agency says that the next step is to attempt to revive the craft's science instruments and determine how many of those are operational. Once it knows what data IMAGE might collect, it'll convene a panel to figure out whether the data can be used to do valuable science on a very small budget.