The South Korean probe “Danuri” heading to the Moon has successfully tested the experimental system of the “space Internet”. The device successfully forwarded a number of photos taken, as well as several video files, including a music video of the BTS group.
Danuri was launched on August 5, 2022, by a Falcon 9 rocket. It became the first ever South Korean spacecraft launched into interplanetary space. The main objective of the mission is the Moon. Danuri will have to enter a 100-kilometer selenocentric orbit and explore the moon of our planet for a year.
But in addition to studying the Moon, Danuri is also assigned several additional tasks. One of them is the testing of a new communication system based on fault-tolerant network technology. According to the developers, it will become the basis for the creation of the space Internet.
The system was tested on August 25 and October 28, when the Danuri was located at a distance of 1.21 million and 1.28 million km from Earth, respectively. The Korean Aerospace Research Institute (KARI), NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) and the Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute (ETRI) took part in the testing. The tests were successful. Danuri transmitted a number of images it received showing the Earth and the Moon, as well as several video files that were uploaded to its memory before launch. Among the latter, there was also a music video of the popular South Korean band BTS.
It is worth recalling that due to fuel restrictions, the Danuri was launched on an economical ballistic transition trajectory. Because of this, it takes 4.5 months for the spacecraft to enter orbit around the Moon. This event is scheduled for December 16, 2022.
You can also look at the first images of the Earth taken by the Orion spacecraft heading to the Moon.
According to https://spacenews.com
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