Memory errors led to the loss of the Voyager 1 spacecraft in the depths of space
The Voyager 1 spacecraft was lost in deep space due to an error in the on-board Flight Data System (FDS) that led to a volatile memory failure, NASA reports.
Lost in space
In 1977, NASA launched the Voyager 1 and Voyager 2." It is noted that these devices operated on primitive, by modern standards, memory for about 45 years. However, due to a failure in volatile memory, Voyager 1 may be taken out of service earlier than planned.
Loss of scientific data
A memory error has caused the transmission of scientific and engineering data to cease, including telemetry necessary for proper navigation and positioning of the spacecraft. The NASA team responsible for Voyager 1 is doing everything possible to restore the device's operation, but the exact cause of the memory failure remains unknown.
Even if the error is corrected, both Voyagers are predicted to Over time, they will lose their performance, since they operate on nuclear batteries, the power of which is gradually decreasing. Therefore, when the power decreases, the devices on the devices must be turned off in order to continue their operation.
Voyager 1 is currently the most distant from Earth artificial object and continues to be a source of deep space exploration.
- The Voyager 1 spacecraft is a probe launched by NASA to explore outer space.
- Flight Data System (FDS) is the onboard control and surveillance system on the Voyager 1 spacecraft.
- NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration, American space agency.