A quick follow-up to Is each instrument on ISRO MOM independently in 24x7 contact with Earth?
Every 26 months Sol interposes to occult Earth from the gaze of the Warlord. The last time this occurred was in June-July 2014. This occultation is not only visual, but applies to perhaps all frequencies in the E/M spectrum. Ergo, communication between Earth/Mars just can not happen.
Wikipedia writes to say
In reality most missions at Mars have had communications blackout periods of the order of a month.
Although the MOM has a planned life far shorter than the 26-month blackout frequency, one can not help wondering
- What is the data storage capability for each instrument aboard MOM?
- IF MOM was to be extended into the next comm.blackout period, would the onboard instruments be put on standby for that duration?