Status Report

Stardust Status Report July 19, 2002

By SpaceRef Editor
July 19, 2002
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There were three Deep Space Network (DSN) communications passes in the
past week and all subsystems are normal. Commands for a test of the
navigation mirror rate were reviewed and will be sent to the spacecraft
next week.

New configuration files were successfully sent to the spacecraft, updating
the knowledge of the Earth and Sun positions. These files are periodically
updated with the latest trajectory data to provide better pointing knowledge.

The team completed a detailed review of the Comet Wild 2 encounter fault tree,
an analysis of all the possible complications that could arise during
the Comet Wild 2 encounter. This is an exercise to identify and fix any potential
problems in advance.

For more information on the Stardust mission — the first ever comet sample
return mission — please visit the Stardust home page:

SpaceRef staff editor.