NASA is wanting a ‘risky’ fix for the ageing Hubble Space Telescope

NASA is wanting a ‘risky’ fix for the ageing Hubble Space Telescope

NASA will attempt what has been described as a “risky” fix for the Hubble Space Telescope after weeks of troubleshooting following an urgent shutdown.

Spacecraft have a tendency to use tried-and-tested technology plus some of Hubble’s personal computers date back again to the 1970s. The telescope’s payload computer is a custom-designed NASA Standard Spacecraft Computer-1 developed in 1974. This machine stopped communicating with the telescope’s main computer and caused a “safe mode” shutdown on 13th June.

Since that time, NASA engineers have been conducting tests and switching …

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