Her backup satellite communications have kicked in (the pink dots) and while she is farther South than expected, she is on track again to her destination it seems. The Scout team will know more as the days pass as far as whether she is traveling under her own steam or if she is simple drifting and the wind and current are pushing her.
I will be hosting another Google+ Hangout On Air with the Scout team Tuesday night around 8:30pm. Hopefully, we’ll have more information then. If you have questions, we will be taking live questions from the audience. If you can’t make the Hangout, you can post your questions here, or on the interestingcool.com facebook page
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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