The Brazilian satellite Amazônia-1, successfully launched last week, may be facing problems in its orbit. According to evidence found by experts, the device may be out of control, which can hinder data capture.
A Folha de S. Paulo reports that experts found signal irregularities when analyzing the satellite, which may be an indication that something is wrong with the device. The first capture was revealed yesterday morning (2) on Twitter USA Satcom, which indicated possible problems in the rotation of the Amazon-1.
Amazonia-1 pass on S-Band. Looks to be tumbling… maybe not so good for X-band 🙂 pic.twitter.com/FFLhvXeEAZ
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While the first alert could be just a reception error, the same behavior was repeated later. A tracker from Italy provided the same diagnosis on the satellite about seven hours after the publication of USA Satcom.
If the problem is confirmed, it may be that the Amazon-1 is having problems with its altitude control, according to Marcelo Zurita, a member of the Brazilian Astronomical Society (SAB). “Attitude control is the system that keeps the satellite ‘oriented’ in space, pointing in the right direction,” explained the expert. Do dedo Look.
The Amazon-1 satellite was launched from India last weekSource: Filial Brasil
The failure can leave the Amazon-1 destabilized, which should disrupt the operation of the image capture device. The satellite has a system capable of taking photos with a resolution of 64 meters per pixel, but a deeper control error can hinder the mission of capturing data, reports the columnist Salvador Nogueira. Sidereal Messenger on Folha de S. Paulo.
INPE did not comment on the matter
So far, the National Institute for Space Research (INPE) has not officially commented on the matter. The column Sidereal Messenger obtained access to messages from a group on Telegram with engineers involved in the project, who said they were not authorized to talk about the current state of Amazonia-1.