One of the planet-hunting Kepler space telescope’s reaction wheels — devices that maintain the observatory’s position in space — remains balky despite mitigation attempts.
David McGlade said he is “extremely pleased” with the company’s initial stock offering given the markets’ recent volatility, saying Intelsat succeeded in placing about 25 percent of the company’s equity value, which is about average for recent stock-market introductions.
Science operations for Kepler were suspended to evaluate a balky reaction wheel.
NASA’s Kepler planet-hunting space telescope resumed science operations March 20 after spending six days stuck in a protective safe mode while engineers studied the computer glitch.
A new instrument being built by the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics for use in the Canary Islands will help NASA’s planet-scouting Kepler spacecraft confirm and characterize potential alien planets.