First TESS downlink successfully completed

TESS successfully completed the first downlink of science data on August 8. The data was transmitted via the NASA Deep Space Network. The full orbit work of data took took 1.25 hours to dump 53GB of data. TESS will now complete a second orbit targeting the same field as …

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TESS Spacecraft Starts Science Operations

NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite has started its search for planets around nearby stars, officially beginning science operations on July 25, 2018. TESS is expected to transmit its first series of science data back to Earth in August, and thereafter periodically every 13.5 days, once per orbit, as …

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Successful TESS launch

We are delighted that TESS was successfully delivered into space on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. TESS launched April 18 at 6:51 p.m. EDT from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, roughly 40 minutes later TESS separated from the second stage. Shortly after, solar arrays were deployed and telemetry …

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