Near the middle of last year, the planet-hunting satellite, Kepler, looked like it would never Keple again. On May 11, 2013, the second of Kepler’s four reaction wheels went out, which made precision pointing, a requirement for Kepler’s scientific mission, nearly impossible. Some of this site’s posts have covered Kepler’s calls for ideas about how to use […]Read More Keeping the Light Attitude: Kepler’s Balancing Act
There have been a few posts on TMSB regarding the Kepler satellite and reaction wheel issues affecting it. But all that planet-hunting, the primary mission of the Kepler team, has paid off in the amount of information learned from their, and other satellites’, endeavors. You’ll learn a thing or two if you take a read […]Read More Almost batting a thousand–the contribution of Kepler (and others)
The nice thing about government satellites, and perhaps satellites generally, is they are in a high demand field. And there’s not very many to go around (a lot of people call this high-demand/low density, or HD/LD). Then it makes sense someone is trying to figure out how Kepler can still be used. In this case, […]Read More Kepler: looking at the bright side of life (in space)
Labor Day took its toll, but I’m back to write more (hopefully) interesting articles for you. What a space operator should know about satellite systems and space operations fills several volumes of books, folders and checklists. But, in essence, a space operator and space operations crew worries about three things: the satellite ground system, the […]Read More Why space matters: Imaging satellite operations, part 10–short bus schooling
To borrow an answer for a different question: I’ve never Kepled. But the Kepler Team sounds like they aren’t going to give up on planet-hunting yet. They’re looking for a few good ideas (at least according to the article). If you have any, maybe you could help them out? http://science.time.com/2013/08/16/the-kepler-space-telescope-may-be-dead-but-its-planet-hunting-mission-continues/ Related articles Planet-hunting scope beyond repair […]Read More Not dead yet!!