NASA said Friday that it has successfully transferred the Hubble Space Telescope to its backup instruments. The telescope’s scientific instruments will now be taken out of safe mode, after which the telescope’s scientific research can begin again.
NASA records Update on their website The backup payload computer has been started successfully. This operation was made to solve an issue with the primary payload computer, which is Last month happened, to be resolved. As a result, the 31-year-old Hubble Telescope was unable to collect scientific data for a month. space agency announced on Wednesday The Hubble telescope may switch to its spare instrument as early as this week.
During the operation, NASA brought online, among other things, the Reserve Power Control Module and the Reserve Command Module/Data Science Coordinator. The power control unit supplies power to the science unit and the command and data processing unit, and the CU/SDF transmits and coordinates commands and data. Also, all other parts of the Hubble hardware have been converted into “alternative interfaces” to connect to the Science Instrument backup side and the command and data processing unit. Then the standby payload computer was turned on, the flight program was loaded and the payload computer was put into normal mode.
The NASA Hubble team now oversees the backup hardware to make sure everything is working properly. The team also began restoring scientific instruments from safe mode, according to NASA. This is expected to take more than a day, the space agency said. The team must perform several procedures and ensure that the tools operate at consistent temperatures. After that, the team must perform a preliminary calibration of the devices, after which scientific work can be resumed.