We have had reports of an apparent distortion in the transmitted telemetry and difficulty in decoding around 12:00 UTC today. We believe that this may have actually been occurring due to the natural phenomena of an active aurora rather than a problem on board the spacecraft. We understand that another spacecraft had the same issues around the same time.
We intend to command AO73 back into autonomous mode during the 2035 UTC pass this evening. This will mean that we should have the transponder active when in eclipse and telemetry only when in sunlight.
Everyday we learn something new!