NASA Used Backup System For the First Time on ISS Due to Major Power Outage


On Tuesday (July 25), NASA experienced a temporary loss of communication with the International Space Station (ISS) due to a power outage that occurred at its facilities in Houston, Texas. Things were not going well, and the flight controllers at the center were unable to send instructions to the International Space Station (ISS) or reach the seven astronauts who were stationed there. The event was connected to renovations that were being carried out in the facility that houses the Johnson Space Center.

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Because of a power failure at the NASA building in Houston, Texas, the United States space agency lost connectivity to the International Space Station (ISS) for a short period of time, which was a very surprising occurrence. The project manager for the space station stated that the astronauts currently in orbit and the crew currently on the ground were never at any risk.

Within twenty minutes of the communication failure, the crew was informed of the issue through the Roscosmos channel, as stated by the manager of the space station’s programming, Joel Montalbano. He stated that the astronauts and the staff of the space station were not at any risk during the power loss.

Using the backup for the first time

We knew this work was going on, and in preparation for that, we have the backup command and control system that we would use if we have to close the center for a weather emergency, especially important during the hurricane season, explained Montalbano.

According to Montalbano, it was the very first time that the US space agency had used this technology, and it was taken over by backup control systems within the first 90 minutes after the loss.

In 1998, as part of an endeavor to restore ties between Washington and Moscow in the wake of the dissolution of the Soviet Union and the lingering tensions of the Cold War, the International Space Station (ISS) was sent into orbit. The announcement that it would be disrupted in January 2031 was made by NASA last year.

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