Fwd: Re: NASA IMAGE - Returns from the Dead

From: Scott Tilley via Seesat-l <seesat-l_at_satobs.org>
Date: Wed, 24 Jan 2018 16:26:06 -0800
Please see the comments below from Richard J. Burley of NASA as I'm not
sure he is a member of the Seesat-l list.

This is the TLE he attached.

1 26113U 00017A   18023.04851961 +.00000319 +00000-0 +89280-2 0 9991
2 26113 093.9688 259.7987 7375457 279.1838 011.5663 01.68648200109783



-------- Forwarded Message --------
Subject: 	Re: NASA IMAGE - Returns from the Dead
Date: 	Thu, 25 Jan 2018 00:13:10 +0000
From: 	Burley, Richard J.;
To: 	Scott Tilley <sthed475_at_telus.net>, seesat-l_at_satobs.org

I have attached the TLE I got this morning from JSPoC/CARA.  Looks like a close match.  We are in the process of
engaging the Deep Space Network to see if they can get a signal lock.  They (JPL/DSN) are in the process of digging up
13-year old configuration files for that attempt.  The DSN has evolved since then so some adjustments to their system
setups will be required.

I have no schedule estimate yet for when that first attempt will be made.  If we are able to get signal lock and verify
that it is IMAGE, we will setup a MINIMAL ops setup to verify telemetry/command and make an initial assessment of the
health and viability of the spacecraft bus.  I don’t have a credible schedule prediction yet for that step either.

Thank you for all of your efforts for IMAGE.  IMAGE made ~39 new discoveries about the Earth’s magnetosphere and
plasma-sphere.  At the time it stopped radiating, NASA HQ ranked IMAGE as the 2nd most valuable space-physics mission
flying.  A follow-on mission called MMS, with a 4-spacecraft constellation is currently flying, in part, to follow up
on these discoveries.

Richard J. Burley

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