Status of the Compton Observatory
The Compton Gamma Ray Observatory remains in excellent health after more
than 8 years in orbit. All instruments are free of significant anomalies
and are operating near their predicted capabilities. As of July, 1999
there is approximately 0.5 full-operation years of EGRET spark chamber gas
remaining, which we plan to ration over the next several years. The
spacecraft has had tape recorder and battery anomalies, but is now stable
and returning ~ 85% of the data through real-time coverage. The orbit was
successfully raised in fall 1993 and again in May 1997, and the spacecraft
will now remain in orbit through approximately 2008. The continuing high
rate of proposal submission, paper publication and scientific discovery
show that the Observatory remains at peak productivity. The scientific
potential of the mission for the next 5-8 years is excellent, with many key
discoveries such as line observations from novae and SNe I and detection of
cosmological structure in the gamma-ray burst sky distribution still likely.
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On 16 Jul 1999, 09:19.