Long-Distance Repair for Cassini

by Paul Gilster on October 25, 2004

Apropos of the Cassini material below, IEEE Spectrum Online is running a remarkable story telling how a Swedish engineer discovered a potentially fatal flaw in the communications procedures between Cassini and the Huygens probe that will land on Titan. Corrections to Cassini’s trajectory may have saved the mission. Must reading on the subject of spacecraft autonomy and repair.