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Laboratory for Advanced Space Systems at Illinois

CAPSat Status 10/26
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CAPSat continues to be healthy and communicating her status daily to our ground station in Urbana. This week, we completed the modifications to our ground station designed to enable reliable 2-way comms. With those changes, we have now successfully commanded the satellite and received information back from it as expected. That's the good news.

More concerning, however, are two things which have transpired while we were completing these activities. First, the satellite appears to be randomly rebooting 3 to 4 times each day. Today we downlinked the boot log to look for patterns that might indicate why this behavior is occurring. 

More concerning however, is that, in the interim, the file storage area in the satellite has filled up faster than expected, perhaps as a result of the rebooting behavior. Since our command script files have to be stored onboard before they can be executed, the satellite is rejecting new scripts because of the lack of available free storage space. 

We are now in the process of troubleshooting this fault and have identified one potential solution which will be attempted during one of tomorrow's passes. Fingers crossed.