NASA climate change satellite back online after instrument shutdown.
A multi-agency mission seeking to map Earth’s water in incredible detail is back on track with commissioning following an instrument issue.
NASA and the French space agency (CNES) found a solution to turn on the Surface Water and Ocean Topography (SWOT) satellite ‘s main science instrument.
The instrument, called KARIN (Ka-band Radar Interferometer), shut down suddenly in late January.
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The team elected to use a backup power unit to get KARIN working, NASA said in a Friday (March 17) update.
“The backup unit was chosen to expedite the restoration of operations and to minimize overall risk to the mission,” officials wrote in a blog post (opens in new tab).
NASA officials did not disclose a cause for the issue for the instrument, which is the keystone sensor behind SWOT’s mission to map surface water to see how climate change affects Earth ‘s water levels.
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