In my previous post I presented a description of the X-band telemetry of Lucy, including a GNU Radio decoder, some recordings from the Allen Telecope Array, and an analysis of some of the telemetry received in the two days following the launch. This is a short post with some updates about the telemetry analysis of the Lucy mission.
Lucy is a spacecraft that will study the Trojan asteroids, during a twelve year mission. It was launched last Saturday at 9:34 UTC from Cape Canaveral on an Atlas V rocket. Its telemetry downlink is on X-band, at a frequency of 8445.768 MHz.
Iban Cardona EB3FRN made a 30 minute recording of the telemetry downlink at 19:00 UTC on Saturday, as the spacecraft first appeared over Europe after launch. r00t.cz did a brief analysis of this recording overnight, and then published some more details about the telemetry data. On Sunday, at 8:52 UTC, I did a long recording with one of the dishes in the Allen Telescope Array. This recording lasts 3 hours 26 minutes, and ends when the spacecraft set below the 16 degree elevation mask of the ATA. In this post I give a first analysis of the telemetry data in both recordings.
The recording done at ATA can be downloaded from the following datasets in Zenodo:
- Lucy recording with Allen Telescope Array on 2021-10-17: part 1/2, polarization X
- Lucy recording with Allen Telescope Array on 2021-10-17: part 1/2, polarization Y
- Lucy recording with Allen Telescope Array on 2021-10-17: part 2/2, polarization X
- Lucy recording with Allen Telescope Array on 2021-10-17: part 2/2, polarization Y