Mission Status 2009
Tim Larson Stardust Spacecraft Team
June 17, 2009
There were two planned contacts with the spacecraft this week. All subsystems are healthy and operating nominally. The solar array strings were switched to parallel mode to compensate for the larger distance from the Sun (currently 1.42 AU). The telemetry showed the switch was successful and the power subsystem is operating as expected. The telemetry shows that the updated attitude controller has reduced unnecessary thruster firings due to star camera measurement noise as desired. Next contact is planned on July 14..
June 10, 2009
There is nothing to report. The next planned communication with the spacecraft is on June 16.
June 3, 2009
Nothing new to report. The next planned communication with the spacecraft is on June 16.
May 27, 2009
The spacecraft is operating nominally on background sequence SN024. This begins several months of cruise with no special activity planned on the spacecraft. Monthly contacts are planned to monitor spacecraft health during this period. The science team will meet at Cornell University on June 8 and 9 to review the status of the Tempel-1 rotation modeling efforts that will predict the magnitude of the time of arrival adjustment needed to be implemented during the February 2010 maneuver.
May 20, 2009
The spacecraft is operating nominally and all subsystems are healthy. The next several months will consist of quiet cruise with no special on board activities. The spacecraft team is preparing the spacecraft for monthly DSN passes after this week. The first background sequence for this period, SN024, is on board and active.
May 13, 2009
The spacecraft is healthy and continues to operate as expected. It is operating on background sequence SN023, and SN024 is on board and will become active on May 17.