Greek scientists and technicians working in the Greek Aerospace Research Agency (GRAIA) had been working in Athens’ city centre since September last year to repair a Greek rocket engine that crashed during a test flight.
The Greek national team of engineers had also been preparing to fly a second rocket in preparation for a test mission to the International Space Station.
But this was no ordinary rocket.
The rocket was a giant, three-stage spacecraft called the Athena, which had just completed its maiden voyage to the ISS.
After the first flight, the Athena had successfully landed on a platform called the Platform 2 of the International Geodesy and Remote Sensing Centre (IGARSC).
The Athena was carrying a camera that had just been installed in a spacecraft, which was being tracked by the camera.
In the course of their work, the Greek team of researchers had observed the Athena performing its final orbit around the International Station.
“When the Athena reached the International Base, the cameras on board were malfunctioning and it was clear that the spacecraft was not going to reach the International Gateway in time to reach an automated docking,” said an engineer who spoke to News.au on condition of anonymity.
“The cameras were pointing at the ground and it looked like the camera was going to explode in the next seconds.
The crew had already lost consciousness and the astronauts were not breathing, so we thought the problem might be with the cameras.
But we realised that the problem was with the spacecraft itself.”
A total of 14 cameras were used to capture the last image of the Athena before it was ejected from the International Gate.
“We had two different types of cameras on the Athena,” the engineer said.
“One was a small and fast camera, which would record in seconds.
This camera was mounted in a very small space in the cabin.
The other camera was a larger, more expensive camera that captured the spacecraft’s interior and would take longer to record. “
This small camera would capture only the surface of the spacecraft and it would capture nothing else.”
The other camera was a larger, more expensive camera that captured the spacecraft’s interior and would take longer to record.
“Both cameras were designed to take pictures of the entire spacecraft,” the scientist added.
“So they would not only capture the surface, but also everything that was inside.
So when the camera on the smaller camera started to malfunction, the camera that was mounted to the lower cabin started to fail too.”
The problem was that the cameras were all working at the same time and this was not working in harmony.
“It was like one computer was controlling all of the cameras, which is not how it is supposed to work,” the person said.
After several hours of testing and observing, the problems with the Athena’s cameras were found and fixed.
“After we fixed the problem, we checked the cameras again and again,” the expert explained.
“I think the problem with the camera in the lower section of the cabin was the problem in the system that controls the cameras in the upper cabin.
It was the same problem, the same issue with the system, but we had to fix it to get the Athena to fly again.”
After the Athena was launched, the crew were flown to the station to take the next step in the Athena mission.
The scientists spent several hours at the station collecting data from the Athena and working to create a digital image of it.
This digital image would be used to help the Athena team in the mission’s final countdown and launch.
“That’s when we realised the problem wasn’t with the sensors, but with the computer,” the other engineer said, adding that the team had been able to correct the problem.
“Once the countdown was over, the mission team and the team at GRAIA were able to do the rest,” the second engineer said of the successful mission.
“In the final seconds of the countdown, the computer failed and we were able get it working again.
That was our final mission.”
The final image of Athena, captured by a GRAIANA camera onboard the Athena.
The final result is shown in the video above.
“Before we flew the mission, we had already been through a lot of testing on the mission itself and we knew we had done a good job,” the first engineer said about the mission.
“[But] the mission was a huge disappointment.
We had hoped that this mission would be a success.”
The engineers were then asked to help re-establish communications with the International Air Transport Association (IATA), the space agency responsible for the international travel of astronauts and commercial crews.
The two teams had been tasked with re-calibrating the Athena with an upgrade to the IATA spacecraft and were then sent out to do this work.
“All the equipment was working properly and the spacecraft came back with no problems,” the technical engineer said in the interview.
“Then, when we went back to the ground