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Amount of fuel onboard, Potential life expectancy?
briv1016
post Jul 1 2008, 05:53 AM
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Assuming that there are no MGS type anomalies and funding holds out (according to NASA's FY09 budget, the current extension ends in September); how much longer can Odyssey remain operational with the fuel onboard?

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tty
post Dec 27 2008, 03:09 PM
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In my experience the critical resource in keeping old systems running is almost always people. It takes a long time to understand a complex system really well. You just try to go in to your boss and say "I'm retiring in 5 years, it's time to hire someone to take over after me". This is especially true if the system you're running is scheduled to be phased out in, say, 4 years. I know a system that has been a year or two away from phase-out for 15 years now, while the planned replacements have repeatedly failed spectacularily and expensively.
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- briv1016   Amount of fuel onboard   Jul 1 2008, 05:53 AM
- - nprev   ...Don't think that anyone is strict about new...   Jul 1 2008, 06:12 AM
- - djellison   http://mars.jpl.nasa.gov/odyssey/newsroom/.../2004...   Jul 1 2008, 07:40 AM
- - TheChemist   It probably is Doug. Citing from the above article...   Jul 1 2008, 09:36 AM
|- - MahFL   MGS died......   Jul 1 2008, 10:56 AM
|- - brellis   "The Odyssey mission is in excellent health, ...   Dec 16 2010, 06:53 AM
- - nprev   Yeah, and that's my point. Not getting a warm ...   Jul 1 2008, 03:58 PM
|- - djellison   QUOTE (nprev @ Jul 1 2008, 04:58 PM) Not ...   Jul 1 2008, 04:11 PM
|- - andrea   One thing to consider is that not all relay capabi...   Jul 2 2008, 05:50 AM
- - nprev   Hope so...but as an old crusty avionics maintenanc...   Jul 1 2008, 04:24 PM
- - elakdawalla   Thanks guys, this'll be this week or next week...   Jul 1 2008, 11:03 PM
- - briv1016   Thanks guys.   Jul 2 2008, 12:19 AM
- - Mariner9   I rather doubt having 3 operational orbiters and 3...   Jul 6 2008, 05:26 PM
- - PhilCo126   Mars Odyssey performed well (Launched April 2001, ...   Oct 31 2008, 03:34 PM
|- - MahFL   It's good till at least September 2010. ...   Oct 31 2008, 03:56 PM
- - nprev   I don't see why not. An operational mission is...   Oct 31 2008, 03:53 PM
- - PhilCo126   Great that made my sol Remember Mars Global Su...   Oct 31 2008, 04:02 PM
|- - tedstryk   QUOTE (PhilCo126 @ Oct 31 2008, 04:02 PM)...   Dec 25 2008, 03:15 PM
- - nprev   Yeah...but then again, similar sorts of things cou...   Dec 25 2008, 10:24 PM
|- - tedstryk   My point is that it didn't have anything to do...   Dec 26 2008, 05:01 AM
|- - rlorenz   QUOTE (tedstryk @ Dec 26 2008, 12:01 AM) ...   Dec 26 2008, 04:33 PM
|- - djellison   QUOTE (rlorenz @ Dec 26 2008, 04:33 PM) S...   Dec 26 2008, 06:47 PM
- - nprev   Hmm. There are a lot of ways to think about this. ...   Dec 26 2008, 09:36 PM
- - tty   In my experience the critical resource in keeping ...   Dec 27 2008, 03:09 PM
- - kenny   Hard to know quite where to put this post, but ...   Sep 17 2012, 10:52 AM


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