There was no impact to Orion, and the spacecraft remains in a healthy configuration
NASA unexpectedly lost contact with the moonbound Orion capsule early Wednesday morning, Nov. 23, for reasons that remain unclear.
NASA’s Mission Control Center at the agency’s Johnson Space Center in Houston unexpectedly lost data to and from the spacecraft at 12:09 a.m. CST for 47 minutes while reconfiguring the communication link between Orion and Deep Space Network overnight.
The reconfiguration has been conducted successfully several times in the last few days, and the team is investigating the cause of the loss of signal.
The team resolved the issue with a reconfiguration on the ground side.
Engineers are examining data from the event to help determine what happened, and the command and data handling officer will be downlinking data recorded onboard Orion during the outage to include in that assessment.
There was no impact to Orion, and the spacecraft remains in a healthy configuration.
Orion is scheduled to perform an engine burn on Friday that will insert the capsule into orbit around the moon. The spacecraft will stay in that orbit for about a week and then head back toward Earth on Dec. 1 and splashdown in the Pacific Ocean off the California coast on Dec. 11.
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