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Software Fix Proposed By NASA And NOAA To Restore DSCOVR

An Earth observation and space weather satellite that has been off the grid for over 3 Months can be reinstated to normal functions with new software, but that fix is not anticipated to be finished till early next year. In the latest statement, the NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) stated that it has been functioning with NASA and an unnamed firm on a “software amend” to reinstate the DSCOVR (Deep Space Climate Observatory), which went into a “bunker” on June 27. Those attempts, the agency stated, are making development, but it does not anticipate DSCOVR to restate operations soon. In its statement, NOAA asserted, “Engineers report that transitional test outcomes of the software fix have been constructive and they expect it to be integrated in the first quarter of 2020.”

What caused the spaceship to enter a safe mode by discontinuing its observations is still not clear. The NOAA statement mentioned “an earlier performance problem” with the spaceship but presented no further details. The NOAA utilizes DSCOVR to track space weather conditions from the Earth-Sun L-1 Lagrange point, which is about 1.5 million kilometers from the Earth in the route of the Sun. The NOAA stated that it persists to obtain space weather data from other spaceship in the absence of DSCOVR, counting the aging ACE (Advanced Composition Explorer) and SOHO (Solar and Heliospheric Observatory) spaceship. The NOAA weather satellites in the geostationary orbit are also outfitted with space weather sensors.

Similarly, NOAA was in news for granting a contract to Lunarline for Cybersecurity Assessment Support. Lunarline has bagged a deal to carry out security evaluations for an office in the NOAA. The company stated that it would support the security requirements of the IMO (Information Management Office) at NOAA’s National Ocean Service, which is an organization that manages the marine and coastal resources of the U.S. Waylon Krush—CEO of Lunarline—said, “It is an opportunity to provide security assessment and consulting backing to assist defend NOS systems.”

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