Computer glitch hits new satellite

Filed under: — By Aviran Mordo @ 9:43 am

A computer glitch partially shut down a Japanese satellite that launched earlier this week, a space agency spokesman said today.

In the latest problem with Japan’s star-crossed space programme, the four-tonne Advanced Land Observation Satellite reported an error yesterday in the system that processes the observation data it collected, Japan Space and Exploration Agency spokesman Tatsuo Oshima said.

The satellite was switched into “safe mode? – a hold state – while agency officials reviewed the error-detection data, Oshima said.

“We don’t think the problem will turn out to be something that cannot be repaired,? he said, adding that the agency at present did not believe the glitch would have a long-term effect on the satellite’s mission.

Source: The Post


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