There’s a lot of commotion about Envisat and it’s sea level measurements, which suddenly showed a mysterious surge, contradicting earlier measurements.
Well, the German CO2 Handel here now reports that Envisat has stopped sending data. “Contact With Environmental Satellite Interrupted“. There’s apparently has been a malfunction. CO2 Handel writes:
Europe’s largest Earth monitoring satellite «Envisat» has suddenly stopped sending data to Earth after being in service 10 years. Contact has been interrupted, the European space agency Esa reported in Paris on Thursday.”
The last contact was made on last Sunday. Envisat, a climate and environment measuring satellite, was launched by an Ariane-5 rocket in 2002. ESA hopes to keep the satellite operating until 2014, even though it was originally planned to operate only up to 2007.
German daily Die Zeit reports the same, that the satellite is no longer transmitting, published 2 hours ago. Spiegel, FOCUS and others report same.