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NOAA’s DSCOVR Satellite is Operating Again

2 Mar 2020, 20:00 UTC
NOAA’s DSCOVR Satellite is Operating Again
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This image shows the far side of the moon, illuminated by the sun, as it crosses between the DSCOVR spacecraft’s Earth Polychromatic Imaging Camera (EPIC) camera and telescope, and the Earth – one million miles away. (Credits: NASA/NOAA)

WASHINGTON (NOAA PR) — NOAA’s Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR) satellite, which had been offline for about nine months due to a technical glitch, is fully operational again, agency experts said today.

On June 27, 2019, issues with the satellite’s attitude control system prompted engineers to place DSCOVR into a “safe hold.” That maneuver halted the flow of all science observations, including imagery from NASA’s Earth Polychromatic Imaging Camera (EPIC). The high-powered camera takes full-disk images of the Earth used for global monitoring of clouds and vegetation, as well as atmospheric ozone and aerosols.

NOAA and NASA engineers developed a flight software patch to restore DSCOVR’s operations.

“Bringing DSCOVR operational again shows the unique skills and adaptability of our NOAA and NASA engineers and the care we are taking to get the maximum life from an aging asset,” said Steve Volz, Ph.D., assistant NOAA administrator for its Satellite and Information Service.

While DSCOVR was out of service, NOAA’s Space Weather Prediction ...

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