drawings show the solar panels deployed during burns but are they really designed to be so? usually satellites do not deploy solar panels and other flexible appendages that can perturb their attitude before such maneuvers
No time for Putin jokes yet though; first let's hope they can get this bird on it's way...
This thing is built like a tanků Perhaps JimO could comment
Roscosmos specialists will attempt to save Phobos-Grunt tonightNovember 9, 2011, 17:40Moscow, November 9. INTERFAX.RU - Speciatists of Roscosmos will attempt to eject Phobos-Grunt spacecraft to a Mars-bound trajectory during the night of Wednesday and Thursday's morning, told a source in the rocket&space industry to Interfax AVN.According to him, at 23:00 Moscow time (19:00 UTC) Phobos-Grunt will pass within visibility range of the primary measurement and command centre in Baikonur. At this time, specialists will collect telemetry information from the spacecraft, that will allow them to determine the exact cause of the issue.After analyzing the information, measures will be taken to address the problem, if it is found solvable. If possible, manoeuveres to boost into the intermediate orbit and then to escape trajectory will also be performed.The source highlighted that Phobos-Grunt will appear in range of Russian tracking stations earlier, about 21:30 MSK (17:30 UTC), but only Baikonur station is capable of gathering the full set of telemetry information and, what's most important, to issue the command to perform the manoeuvres."Having the issues with the present orbit's height and electric supply of equipment, we have to perform boosting as soon as possible. But undue hurry is not desirable, as well. One error now may cost us the whole mission" - he remarked.
Since the same propulsion system performs MOI, if it can handle the Gs when the whole stack is lighter, it should by definition be able to handle TMI with arrays unfolded and with heavier mass.
Archibald - excuse me, but you are wrong. You can't compare apple with ranges.
...they could easily have asked for some satellite station in South America to track F-G and record its telemetry, instead of having to wait tens of hours to have a status snapshot!
A poster on Novosti-Kosmonavtiki puts a list of times when Phobos-Grunt will be visible from different control centers: http://www.novosti-kosmonavtiki.ru/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?p=831515#831515
Mars-96 apparently intended to do the same -- did Phobos-1 and -2?
which reveals only a SINGLE ground site can perform the required comm.