Philae Phones Home Again After 7 Months

Posted: Jun 15 2015, 8:22am CDT | by , in Technology News


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Philae Phones Home Again After 7 Months
  • Rosetta’s Lander Philae arises from its Deep Sleep

The comet lander Philae of Rosetta arose from its deep sleep. The probe is back on track. Philae has again been in touch with Earth after 7 months.

Rosetta’s lander Philae has transcended its narcolepsy of sorts. It is rise and shine and smell the java for this German project. For one thing, the signs and blips were caught on screens at the ESA’s European Space Operations Center.

Over 300 data packets were laid out for analysis. The groups of researchers were kept busy doing the in-depth inquiry that was required. According to the analysts, Philae is back in working order and it is now finally fully functional. In other words, nothing can stop it from sending back valuable data.

"Philae is doing very well: It has an operating temperature of -35ºC and has 24 Watts available," DLR Philae Project Manager Dr. Stephan Ulamec said in a statement. "The lander is ready for operations."

Operational activity will begin shortly and then it is a case of sky is the limit. The man-made space phenomenon had been in a comatose state since November of last year. But now it is like a giant that has been awakened by a couple of Lilliputians.

There is further evidence to suggest that the probe may have sent weak signals before but they were never paid any heed to. The scientists are looking on with anticipation as 8000 other packets of info still have to arrive in the centre that catches the signals arising from the probe. The lander had landed on the comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.

The fact that the space probe has gotten in touch with the earthlings is a miracle of sorts. It had been supposed to have been a lost cause that is up until now. The vital signs of the mechanical makeup of the probe are showing one thing: that it is capable of operating in good condition provided some of the signals are picked up with a high degree of accuracy.

The batteries that had gone dead in November seem to have some dying embers left in their inner space. And with some solar exposure of its solar cells, comet lander Philae might just send in many more signals before it croaks for the last time.

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