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NASA Telescope Computer Down

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  1. booman

    booman Grand High Exalted Mystic Emperor of Linux Gaming Staff Member

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    I thought this was an interesting article
    https://science.slashdot.org/story/...hats-causing-computer-issues-on-the-telescope

    This computer was built in the 1980 and launched into space in 1990

    Clearly it has been reliable, but I have a few questions:
    • How do you fix it remotely?
    • What operating system is it running?
    • Has it been hacked?
    • Will a reboot fix it?
    • Does it need a firmware update?
    • Will NASA replace it with a Raspberry Pi?
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    Darned good questions. AFAIK, they fixed it but I don't recall how. So is this computer even a 286? The Shuttle ran on 386's, iirc.
  3. booman

    booman Grand High Exalted Mystic Emperor of Linux Gaming Staff Member

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    Probably, or something older... ha ha
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    danrok Administrator Staff Member

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    The 80286 was released in 1982 then the i386 in 1985.

    Either would have been more than capable of controlling equipment.

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