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Nasa to hack Mars rover Opportunity to fix 'amnesia' fault

#1  Postby DougC » Dec 31, 2014 3:24 pm

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-30642548
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Mars rover Opportunity, which has been exploring the Red Planet for more than 10 years, is suffering from memory problems, Nasa has said.

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The six-wheeled vehicle - not to be confused with Curiosity, which launched in 2011 - keeps resetting unexpectedly.
The Opportunity team thinks an age-related fault affecting the flash memory used by the robot is to blame.
It believes it has found a way to hack the rover's software to disregard the faulty part.
Speaking to Discovery News, Nasa project manager John Callas outlined how his team intended to solve the issue.

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Re: Nasa to hack Mars rover Opportunity to fix 'amnesia' fault

#2  Postby Weaver » Dec 31, 2014 7:09 pm

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#3  Postby Calilasseia » Jan 02, 2015 12:29 am

Bloody hell, Opportunity is still running a decade on?

NASA sure got value for money out of that little rover!
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#4  Postby kennyc » Jan 02, 2015 12:53 am

Calilasseia wrote:Bloody hell, Opportunity is still running a decade on?

NASA sure got value for money out of that little rover!


Yeppers!!!

And robotic exploration is a hell of a lot cheaper than manned exploration!
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#5  Postby Made of Stars » Jan 02, 2015 4:29 am

kennyc wrote:
Calilasseia wrote:Bloody hell, Opportunity is still running a decade on?

NASA sure got value for money out of that little rover!


Yeppers!!!
And robotic exploration is a hell of a lot cheaper than manned exploration!

100% agreed, but imagine what could have been discovered by well-trained boots on the ground, even for only a month or two.
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#6  Postby Horwood Beer-Master » Jan 04, 2015 3:43 pm

...The six-wheeled vehicle - not to be confused with Curiosity...

Slightly patronising that they felt the need to point that out.
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Re: Nasa to hack Mars rover Opportunity to fix 'amnesia' fault

#7  Postby newolder » Sep 12, 2018 4:14 pm

The Martian dust storm abates and efforts to restart Opportunity continue...

NEWS | September 11, 2018

Martian Skies Clearing over Opportunity Rover
Updated at 2:45 p.m. PDT on Sept. 11, 2018

Scientists reviewing data from the Mars Color Imager (MARCI) aboard NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) have determined that the tau estimate (a measure of the amount of haze in the Martian atmosphere) in the skies above the rover Opportunity has been below 1.5 for two consecutive measurements. With more sunlight reaching the rover's solar array, the Opportunity team at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, are increasing the frequency of commands it beams to the 14-plus-year-old rover via the dishes of NASA's Deep Space Network from three times a week to multiple times per day. Passive listening for Opportunity will also continue to be performed by JPL's Radio Science Group, which records radio signals emanating from Mars with a very sensitive broadband receiver.

The original story has been updated in paragraph six to reflect NASA review at each step of the recovery process.

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