Wednesday, April 18, 2018

learned TESS is powered

Missed the launch; I was shovelling the driveway! Sheesh. Received Tony's email from Florida as they were heading to the viewing site. Finally checked Spaceflight Now and Facebook. Learned SpaceX successfully launched. Yeh! Reloaded Spaceflight and learned that, as of 19:58, Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite was "power positive." The feed history reported:
The TESS spacecraft is receiving power generated by its twin solar arrays and ground controllers are [pouring] over telemetry as they check out of the spacecraft's systems following launch.
Great, great news.


Lots of good info in the article.

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