Miracle Hopes as Voyager 1 Beams Back Signal

NASA Reconnects with Voyager 1 Spacecraft’s Flight Data System

On March 16, IT Home reported that NASA has successfully reconnected with the Flight Data System (FDS) memory of Voyager 1, indicating a possibility of restoring communication with the spacecraft.

Voyager 1

Voyager 1 is equipped with three onboard computers, with the FDS memory responsible for packaging scientific and telemetry data before transmitting them back to Earth.

Since November 2023, Voyager 1 has been transmitting a seemingly random sequence of 1s and 0s instead of its expected payload of telemetry and scientific data.

IT Home notes that Voyager 1 is currently the farthest spacecraft from Earth, approximately 24 billion kilometers away, moving at a speed of 61,000 kilometers per hour (38,000 miles per hour) towards the unknown.

In February, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) expressed the need for a “miracle” to restore communication with Voyager 1.

NASA speculates in the press release that the malfunction might be due to the FDS’s RAM. Special commands have been sent to Voyager 1 to execute various computer sequences in hopes of detecting damaged sectors in the FDS memory.

On March 3, NASA received a response from the probe, although most data remained unrecognizable, some distinctive data points were identified.

Starting from March 7, NASA has been decoding this information, and after three days of relentless effort, they discovered a complete FDS memory dump within the signal. Analyzing this data will help identify the root cause and potential solutions.

NASA clarifies that the team will continue to analyze the data obtained and refrain from blindly implementing various repair strategies at this stage.

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“NASA Claims Finding Back Voyager 1 Probe Requires a Miracle, Traveling at 61,000 km/h towards the Unknown World”

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