Date added: Monday 20th March 2017
The Jason-2 spacecraft went into safe mode on Wednesday, March 15th, 2017 at 19:19:19 UTC, immediately interrupting its measurements.
The satellite is currently in a safe and stable Sun-pointing configuration. Expert teams from CNES and industry (TAS) have been activated and detailed investigations will start today. First investigations performed this night show that Gyrometer 1 was blocked, causing the reconfiguration to SHM. All other equipments were OK at the time of the reconfiguration. I will probably be able to get back by COB with news on the health of Gyro 1.
The four partner operational teams are working closely to support current and future operations. The mission will resume as soon as possible.
Credits to the AVISO website; news article published by Christophe Marechal, CNES Jason 2 project manager: http://www.aviso.altimetry.fr/en/news/front-page-news/news-detail.html?tx_ttnews%5btt_news%5d=2089&cHash=69caf9e3e4e9647a333cd3be078be4af