No word from Scout since Saturday… Here’s the last update:
42.623199, -51.55072 Date/Time: 9/28/2013 1:17:30 PM Speed: 2.5 Compass: 100 Waypoint Bearing: 100 Course Over Water: 143 Battery Box Temp: 0 Water Temp: 0 Internal Temp: 27 Voltage: 65279 Distance Since Last Packet: 1115.91 Meters 20 Minute Speed(based on distance traveled): 2.08 mph
According to Dylan Rodriguez, the team is concerned, but attempting to reestablish contact with Scout by activating the backup Iridium system. If that is successful, then Scout should be back online Tuesday (10/1/2013). If it does not, then….
Communications is a separate system from the navigation and motor systems, so Scout could still be moving on target for Spain. Or she could have gone dark and be non-functional, floating aimlessly near the grave of the Titanic.
If this is the end of this iteration of Scout (Scout 5), here’s Dylan’s take. “I’m sure that I speak for all of the Scout guys, when I say that we’re all proud of the project, even if it ends here… Although there might need to be a Scout 6 or 7 or 8…”
He says further “In any case, 1000 miles has been a great achievement…”
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