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AMSAT-DL President (and P3D Project leader) Dr. Karl Meinzer, DJ4ZC, and AMSAT-NA President Robin Haighton, VE3FRH, informed ANS of the current status of AMSAT OSCAR-40:
Early Wednesday, December 13th, telemetry transmissions from AO-40 stopped while work on the 400 N propulsion system was in progress. An investigation by the AO-40 development team has begun. They are now waiting for certain on-board software events to occur on Saturday afternoon, December 16th. These are programmed to start a spacecraft emergency routine called 'command-assist' which attempts to re-establish communications. This offers the best chance of recovering evidence of the incident which made the telemetry transmissions stop.
When more information becomes available, we will pass it along.
|Dr. Karl Meinzer, DJ4ZC||(and)||Robin Haighton, VE3FRH|
|President AMSAT-DL||President AMSAT-NA|
Stay tuned to ANS for additional bulletins from AMSAT, the official source for information on AMSAT OSCAR-40.
[ANS thanks AMSAT-NA and AMSAT-DL for this information]
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This AMSAT News Service special bulletin was edited by AMSAT News Service editor Dan James, NN0DJ.