Status Report

Lucy Spacecraft Healthy; Solar Arrays Being Analyzed

By SpaceRef Editor
October 18, 2021
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Following a successful launch on Oct. 16, 2021, analysis of NASA’s Lucy spacecraft systems show the spacecraft is operating well and is stable. Lucy’s two solar arrays have deployed, and both are producing power and the battery is charging. 

While one of the arrays has latched, indications are that the second array may not be fully latched. All other subsystems are normal. In the current spacecraft attitude, Lucy can continue to operate with no threat to its health and safety. 

The team is analyzing spacecraft data to understand the situation and determine next steps to achieve full deployment of the solar array.

SpaceRef staff editor.