Double Star Status Report - November 2007
TC-1, the second Double Star spacecraft, which carries most of the European instruments, had been operating nominally. On this spacecraft the drift of the spin axis is much slower than on TC-2. However, as predicted the perigee was decreasing dramatically and the re-entry into the atmosphere occurred on 14 October. If TC-2 is not recovered, it will be the end of the Double Star operations. Run down activities are expected after that time to prepare the science data archive. We are aiming for combine these data sets with those from Cluster in the Cluster active Archive.
Lessons learned from the Double Star project were discussed at the SWT in Shanghai, 8-12 October. This will surely be very valuable for future collaborations between ESA and China.