NASA escribió:Several hours ago, shortly past 7:00Z today (23Nov), telemetry received from QuikSCAT indicates that the antenna rotation rate has dropped to zero and remains at zero. The motor remains powered. The system can be operated safely in this state for an indefinite period. The QuikSCAT operations team will be meeting later this morning, but in all likelihood this is the end of the nominal mission".
yo no tengo mucha idea de cuán útil era este satélite, pero al tipo este parece que le servía bastante:
JeffMasters escribió:Launched in 1999, the QuikSCAT satellite became one of the most useful and controversial meteorological satellites ever to orbit the Earth. Forecasters world-wide came to rely on QuikSCAT wind data to issue timely warnings and make accurate forecasts of tropical and extratropical storms, wave heights, sea ice, aviation weather, iceberg movement, coral bleaching events, and El Niño. Originally expected to last just 2-3 years, QuikSCAT made it past ten, a testament to the skill of the engineers that designed the satellite. To show you what a dweeb I am, I'll admit to tearing up a bit when heard yesterday that the venerable old bird had finally bitten the dust. It was like losing a valued friend.
Y más teniendo en cuenta la diferencia entre QuickSCAT y ASCAT, el satélite europeo que se va a tener que usar ahora:
tenés que pasar de uno al otro y te querés matar la verdad...
PD: no se si va acá esto, si les parece lo corren a otro lado