JAXA gives up attempt to restore x-ray satellite Hitomi

posted on April 29, 2016

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, or JAXA, said Thursday it has given up attempts to restore control of the Hitomi X-ray astronomy satellite with which the agency lost communication.

The Hitomi project, mainly aimed at unraveling the mysteries of black holes, now ended in failure in two months from the satellite's launch.

JAXA believes the recovery of Hitomi's functions cannot be expected after its solar panels were detached from the satellite due to glitches. The agency will step up its probe into the cause of the failure.

JAXA assumes, mainly through simulations, that both of the two structurally weak solar panel wings were highly likely to have detached from the satellite.

source by jiji
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