NASA’s New Horizons booster is handling routinely after only over 24 hours in a protecting “safe mode,” a outcome of a command-loading blunder that occurred early Thursday. The booster is designed to automatically transition to protected mode underneath certain supernatural conditions to strengthen itself from harm. In protected mode, a booster suspends a timeline of activities and keeps a receiver forked toward Earth to listen for instructions from a Mission Operations Center during a Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) in Laurel, Maryland.
“Our fast liberation was upheld by other NASA missions that supposing New Horizons with some of their profitable Deep Space Network [DSN] receiver time,” pronounced Alice Bowman, New Horizons goal operations manager during APL. “This is a normal for missions regulating a DSN – we support one another when hurdles arise.”
New Horizons is healthy and continues to speed along toward a subsequent aim – a Kuiper Belt intent 2014 MU69 – while a operations group works to revive it to full operations and resume systematic information collection. Due to a 10.5-hour turn outing communications check that formula from handling a booster some-more than 3.5 billion miles (5.7 billion kilometers) from Earth, a group expects New Horizons to be behind on a activities timeline early Sunday, Feb. 12.
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