Stardust Status Report
October 19, 2001
Stardust Gets an "A" in Command Performance
There was one Deep Space Network communications session this past week
and all subsystems are performing normally. The spacecraft is 2.4 AU
from the Sun. Though it is so far out, it has not required to use the
battery yet to support communications with Earth, since the solar
arrays continue to produce more than enough power.
A review of command history performance over the entire 2.7-year flight
mission was held and command success has been 99.5 percent. Procedures
have been implemented to increase this success rate.
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comet sample return mission - please visit the Stardust home page: