NASA has signed a Non-Reimbursable Space Act Agreement (NRSAA) with Skycorp, Inc., in Los Gatos, California, allowing the company to attempt to contact, and possibly command and control, NASA’s International Sun-Earth Explorer-3 (ISEE-3) spacecraft as part of the company’s ISEE-3 Reboot Project. My high tech friends and I have been supporting the space enthusiasts who are attempting to reestablish communication with this 1970-era space craft ISEE-3 with donations. This is crowd funded project to rebuild the communication equipment that NASA junked in 1999, and us it to contact the space craft as it comes back to earth. The recovery team has rebuilt the transmitters need to contact the space craft, and the ISEE-3 Reboot Away Team member have taken the transmitter to Arecibo in an attempt to turn on the transmission of the engineering data transmission so they can assess the health of the spacecraft. At last contact 12 of the 13 sensors and experiments were functioning. The question is, are they still functioning.
More details about the project are HERE.
The project’s Google Plus page is HERE. Photos and videos of the encounter will be live at Google Plus, in addition project pictures are being posted, including some photos of the spacecraft transmitter signal.
This is a volunteer effort and they can use more support. Get involved and support this open scientific projects. Be part of the science.