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10/04/2006 01:24 AM ID: 57400 Permalink   

Hubble Telescope Camera Breaks Again


The main camera on the aging Hubble Space Telescope has broken down again, repeating a similar incident which occurred earlier this year [SN reported].

The cause of this latest malfunction is being investigated; they will then seek to implement a repair. The telescope is in need of some new gyroscopes and fresh batteries as well, which will require another space mission.

Currently, NASA intends to try to keep the telescope operational for the next five years.

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It might be cheaper to replace it. I'd imagine the largest cost involved in either commissioning a new satellite or repairing one would be the mission itself (training, prep, loading, fuel, launch, ground ops, landing, refurbishing), so why not just put another one up there if we need to be repairing it twice a year?

Also, what on earth keeps breaking it?! Micrometeors? Shoddy workmanship? There are many, many satellites up there that don't require any maintenance at all.
  by: p_g_chris   10/04/2006 02:24 AM     
  @p g  
yeah but those sat's where built by the <Japanese>.
  by: cyrus2120   10/04/2006 02:50 AM     
  not surprised  
engineering marvels come with a hefty price. the space environment is particularly harsh, and with such a high precision machine, failures should be expected.
  by: rowsdower   10/04/2006 03:51 AM     
  @p g chris  
"Also, what on earth keeps breaking it?! Micrometeors? Shoddy workmanship? There are many, many satellites up there that don't require any maintenance at all."

shhhh!!! your nor allowed to call it shoddy worksmanship, the proper term is now american craftsmenship... euphemisms, just add two syllables and it sounds better than it actually is... lol
  by: HAVOC666     10/04/2006 08:23 AM     
  the hubble...  
... is just a tab more complicated than your com sats, even the high tech spy ones.

Considering Earth-based observatories have extensive maintenance schedules (monthly realignments, lube jobs, visual inspections, etc) it's something of a marvel that the hubble has lasted as long as it has (1990 launch) with compartivly few vists for repair.

It's a complex piece of machinery with a lot of moving parts, and thanks to Shuttle mission cancelations and delays the hubble isn't in the shape it could be.

A replacement sat is being launched in 2013, but it's an IR scope instead of visual specturm. A significant improvement technologically from hubble but still...
  by: Dedolito     10/04/2006 11:43 AM     
you wouldn't happen to be related to konartist would you? two racist comments towards the japanese in just 4 days! well done. now dont let the door hit you.
  by: ManilaRyce     10/04/2006 11:50 AM     
If anything his comments were racist towards non-Japanese! He said the ones that don't require maintenance were built by the Japanese - thus complimenting their workmanship. Who cares if it's true? It's humour.
  by: p_g_chris   10/06/2006 04:35 AM     
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