Civilian Scientists Get ISEE-3 Satellite Engines to Fire!
It's like Apollo 13 without Tom Hanks.
We got 2 pulses out of thruster K. Waiting to reset the sector & fire K again – 2x – to dampen out angle induced by earlier burn #ISEE3
— ISEE3 Reboot Project (@ISEE3Reboot) July 18, 2014
The amazing people behind the ISEE-3 reboot project have gotten its engines to fire! They previously had trouble due to a lack of nitrogen to push fuel through the old satellite’s fuel lines and into the engines, but some creative use of the satellite’s tank heaters seems to have paid off and gotten things working.
They’ve been live tweeting the whole thing, so you can catch up on everything they’ve been up to on their Twitter feed.
Sent revised command sequence to turn tank heaters on. Accepted. #ISEE3
— ISEE3 Reboot Project (@ISEE3Reboot) July 16, 2014
Keep poking around up there, guys. It’s made my Twitter feed a lot more exciting.
- They can still use the satellite whether the engines work or not
- We were pretty excited when they first made contact
- If NASA doesn’t want ISEE-3 anymore, we’ll take it