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Re:"hard reset"

The AO-40 IHU most likely works like others that I have seen. A "hard reset"
will reset the CPU and all peripherals and reboot the system. The AO-40 IHU
has error-correcting memory so one of the first things that must be done
after reset is to write zeros into memory. This is because the memory will
start up full of random bits and half of the bit combinations are guaranteed
to activate the error correction hardware and interrupt the CPU
continuously. The "hard reset" would destroy all data collected since the
telemetry beacon stopped and leave the controllers in the dark as to why it


> No need to know that but well what would the following information hurt?
> 1.  Why do they want to wait a few days before doing a "hard reset"?  IE
> what does a hard reset do that might really change the picture of the
> satellite?
> 2.  What is the likelyhood that this hard reset will/will not be
>   Any plans if its not?
> I can think of more and in each case what the explanations do is inform
> stop speculation and I imagine that if some thought was put into it those
> questions could be answered with a paragraph or two.  (put it this way any
> good technical writer/pr person could).
> >That is all the information that there is ... oh yeah, Guelzow had an egg
> >salad sandwich for lunch today. Feel better?
> >
> >73 de Jeff, N9AVG
> >AMSAT #28350
> In the end of course none of the information makes any difference to this
> current bird.  IE either its going to fix itself or the controllers are
> going to regain control over it or its space junk.  Nothing in the PR
> is going to help that.
> Having said that I always find undying messages of support "we love you
> Cowboys" a little somewhat homey actually and somewhat forced AND labeling
> of anyone who asked any questions as a "dissenter" somewhat a little to
> forced to.  (in the end they might retort that the other group is the
> "blindly follow our leaders" group)  In the end they dont make any
> difference anyway...but they sure set the tone for next time.
> I am a test pilot trained by a major military service (grin) and
> occassionally get called upon to help in the investigation of major (read
> commercial) airline accidents.  IN that instant one probably knows
> considerably less then the control stations do now...and one cant give
> instant answers...but one can say exactly what is being done and when its
> being done and sort of for why.
> I think if more of that were being done here most of teh "dissenters"
> find little audience.
> Robert Oler WB5MZO
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