Sunday, May 6, 2018
The world's first satellites outside the earth's orbit transmit a radio signal to our planet
NASA indicating a radio signals received that the world's first satellites of the "kubsat" format, moving in outer space beyond the limits of the orbit of our planet, are in good working order and operate in the regular mode. The first signal was received yesterday at 20:15 UTC, and the second - almost two hours after the first - at 21:58 UTC.
Now the engineers are conducting a series of checks, after which the "kubsat" will be ready for a long space trip.
The Mars Cube One, or MarCO, is a pair of small satellites the size of a small suitcase that were launched into space along with the Martian NASA InSight landing gear at 11:05 GMT yesterday from the site of the USS Vandenberg Space Base Cosmodrome located in Central California, USA . The InSight device (Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport) is a scientific mission that will first explore the depths of the Red Planet.
Meanwhile, Marco's miniature twin satellites will perform their own separate mission: instead of collecting scientific data, they will accompany the InSight device on its way to Mars, allowing engineers to carry out in the way the testing of new equipment and technologies developed for miniature spacecraft.
Both satellites were programmed for the deployment of solar panels shortly after launch, followed by the sending of a radio signal about the successful completion of the operation and the absence of any malfunctions. It was this "Polo!" Signal was received from each of the two spacecraft by ground controllers of the US space agency.
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