It was recently reported that NASA will be doing some software adjustments to its Hubble Space Telescope in order to bring it back into service.
Indeed, the hardware that commands the instruments is currently under examination, as the space telescope has been unable to perform science observations since late October. The agency is then thinking of changing the telescope flight software so as to allow it to search for data synchronization messages without falling into a safe mode, which is allegedly responsible for the glitch.
Moreover, it was stated that the software changes will likely happen once the team can look at control unit design diagrams, data from the lost messages, and the range of potential instrument software changes that fix the issue. The team will then be trying to recover Hubble’s Advanced Camera for Surveys (ACS) instrument, as it will be aiming to gather science again at the beginning of next week.
The agency is proceeding cautiously in order to ensure the safety of the instruments and avoid additional stresses on the hardware.