[FPSPACE] Here's a question (about Pluto photo down-transmits)

Michael K. Heney mike at heney.net
Sat Jul 18 19:57:10 EDT 2015


The data download rate I heard was 1000 bits/second, with 8-9 months  
required to
transmit the full data load back to Earth.  There are still science  
observations ongoing,
so the spacecraft isn't always pointed at Earth to transmit.

Quoting Peter Pesavento <pjp961 at svol.net>:

> Here's a question set about the Pluto downloads from the spacecraft.
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> If the download bandwidth is 4 kilobits/second, then that explains why so
> few pictures have been released up to this point from the closest encounter
> regime.
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> But this prompts the question:  Does anyone know what the time frame is
> involved that we can expect to have all the imagery down on the ground?
> (Including the non-compressed high rez stuff)  Is it within this month?  Is
> it going to take two months?  Perhaps two more weeks?  Longer?
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> Please enlighten.




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