STARDUST Status Report
February 4, 2000
There were nine Deep Space Network (DSN) tracking passes during the past week.
All spacecraft subsystems are performing as expected.
The All-Stellar performance continues to be nominal although multiple
firings are occurring. The fuel usage is approximately 4 grams/day
versus a budgeted 5 grams/day. The fuel usage in Gyro Based mode was
approximately 3 grams. Analysis continues to determine the reason for
the multiple thruster firings.
The Cometary Interplanetary Dust Analyzer (CIDA) was powered on and
a calibration test was performed. After analysis of the calibration
data, CIDA will be returned to its operational state.
The Command Loss Timer (CLT) was changed from nine days to fifteen days
in preparation for Solar Conjunction that is expected to last about 8
days. After solar conjunction the CLT will be returned to its nominal
The Trajectory Correction Maneuver #3 (TCM-3), a clean-up maneuver for
Deep Space Maneuver 1 will be delayed until May 24, after interstellar
dust collection period 1. TCM-3 is expected to have a magnitude of
about 2 meters/second, only a few tenths of a meter/second penalty
for the 2 month delay. The kickoff meeting for Cruise Sequence SC015
was completed which included the deployment of the Aerogel Collector
and a few Navigation Camera images to help characterize its flight performance.
The Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) and Lockheed Martin (LMA) Outreach activities continue through
participation in the National Science Foundation, Parents and Children
as Co-Travelers Project (PACCT), with involvement from ten Challenger Centers
as part of a national space exploration information dissemination workshop.
Also, STARDUST provided the featured speaker for the Christa McAuliffe
Teacher of the Year Award Ceremony held at the University of Nebraska.
As part of the Technology Transfer effort, a presentation on Gradient
Composition Sol-Gel Materials was presented at the Society of
Photo-Optical Instrument Engineers Photonis West 2000 Conference.
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return mission - please visit the STARDUST home page: