How engineers fixed Lucy spacecraft’s solar array issue as it whizzed through space

How engineers fixed Lucy spacecraft’s solar array issue as it whizzed through space

NASA’s Lucy spacecraft has had a troubled start to its mission, with a deployment issue affecting its solar power system — but fortunately, engineers were able to address the issue. Now, NASA has shared more information on how members of the Lucy team worked to troubleshoot and fix the problem from Earth and the craft raced through space. Lucy launched in October 2021, with its two circular solar arrays folded up to fit inside the rocket fairing. Once in space shortly after launch, Lucy was to deploy the two arrays to collect the solar energy which would power the craft on its long journey to the Trojan asteroids, located in the orbit of Jupiter. One array deployed as expected, however, the other did not fully deploy. The arrays were supposed …
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