some hours to start 12 year journey towards Jupiter’s Trojan asteroid, the Lucy spacecraft, ran into a problem. One of his solar panels was refusing to fully open and mission controllers are working on it since. However, we finally have Good News, The mission team appears to have made considerable progress,
since Lucy jumped into space In October 2021, NASA Engineers Are Trying to Unblock one of the panels solar of spacecraft. after seven attemptssolar array managed to reach compared to the opening between 353 and 357 degrees 360 degrees that it should originally capture, unable to complete full circleBut NASA says it would be good enough for continue lucy your mission.
TookLucy’s mission is find Trojan asteroidtwo groups of rocky bodies They follow Jupiter in its orbit around the Sun. To survive her long journey through space, Lucy two . is equipped with giant solar panels of 7 meters each, panels traveled side by side Lucy Ann an Atlas V rocket and were designed to reveal later One by one fan it was, However, during the deployment phase, one of Lucy’s solar panels Trapped upon reaching 347 degrees, that left responsible for the mission worried if matrix was damaged even more when the spacecraft was about to launch Its main engine.
“We have an incredibly talented team, but it was important to give them the time to figure out what happened. and how to proceedLucy principal investigator Hal Levison of the Southwest Research Institute said in a statement. “Fortunately, the spacecraft was where it was supposed to be, operating normally and safely.”,
the team was contributing thought for months and finally came along Two possible solutions: keep the array at 347 degrees or start pulling a tie from the array using the spacecraft’s backup engine. However, before doing anything they had To assess the risks associated with each alternative, c forreplica of engine And they took it to the limit, to see how it would behave in space.
after months simulation, NASA decides it will try to deploy the panels perfectly Through a series of complex maneuvers of Lucy, all this when the ship was One 96 million kilometers Ground.
Ibetween the months of May and June and Dafter seven attemptsLucy’s solar panel was able to open almost completely. Although the panel they are not here fully positionedIs it like that under significantly greater stress, which Make stable enough for the spacecraft to function properly“, he explained NASA in a statement