Hubble Space Telescope sails serenely on in safe mode after efforts to switch to backup memory modules fail - The Register
Jun 21, 2021 1 min, 57 secs
Updated The Hubble Space Telescope has continued to resist efforts by NASA last week to bring its payload computer back online.

At the time, a NASA spokesperson told The Register that the veteran telescope only required one of its four memory modules and so planned to swap to a backup module in order to resume operations.

According to NASA, "the command to initiate the backup module failed to complete." The team had another crack at bringing up both modules on Thursday 17 June but again failed.

As well as the four memory modules, there are two onboard computers.

Only one is required for normal operations and the telescope can switch over to the other in the event of a problem.

The payload computer itself is a NASA Standard Spacecraft Computer-1 (NSSC-1) system built in the 1980s.

Although the telescope and its science instruments remain in good health, the computer is required to coordinate and monitor the payload.

"The operations team will be running tests and collecting more information on the system to further isolate the problem," said NASA.

A NASA spokesperson got in touch to tell The Register that the team was continuing to work on the payload computer issue, and were gathering data to "determine the best path forward for bringing the computer back to operations.".

However, the team has multiple options available to them and are working to find the best solution to return the telescope to science operations as soon as possible.".

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