[amsat-bb] ISS communications glitch
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Tue Feb 19 10:05:34 PST 2013
NASA lost regular communication with the International Space Station on
Tuesday and has since established only limited connections. The space agency
said it was doing a routine update of computer software when communications
were lost, leaving the craft able to communicate only every 90 minutes when
it passes over ground stations in Russia. "This is the same way they used to
do it in the 1960s, with Gemini and Apollo," NASA spokesman Josh Byerly
said. "The crew is working on this, and they'll get it back up and running."
The station, which is carrying one American astronaut and two Russian
cosmonauts, does not appear to be in danger. "It's not a panicked mood that
takes over mission control," Byerly said. "Anybody's who's been here has
seen that." Aboard the station, Commander Kevin Ford told mission control
during a pass over a Russian ground station that the craft is "still flying
straight" and that "everybody's in good shape." The loss in communications
is not considered unprecedented, though it is thought to be a cause for
concern, officials said. The station is the product of a partnership among
16 nations and carries six laboratories for space research.
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