|Separation of the co-launched FASTRAC-1|
and -2 satellites (Artist's conception).
Photo Courtesy University of Texas
So controllers decided to open the satellite for digipeating by hams, hoping that increased use -- especially over the weekend of December 10-11 -- would drain the batteries enough to prompt a reset. At press time in mid-December, there had been no word from controllers as to whether the maneuver worked. For updates, visit <http://fastrac.ae.utexas.edu/>.