Keeping the Light Attitude: Kepler’s Balancing Act

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 […]

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Why space matters: Imaging satellite operations, part 10–short bus schooling

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 […]

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Not dead yet!!

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 […]

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