NASA: Communications With International Space Station Fully Restored

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(CNN/WHNT) — (CNN) — NASA says communications have been fully restored with the International Space Station. Earlier in the day, NASA and the space station lost regular communications.

Prior to the repair, the ISS currently was only able to communicate with ground control every 90 minutes.  The crew and station are fine.

Tuesday morning, at approximately 8:45 a.m. CST, the International Space Station experienced a loss of communication with the ground, according to NASA.  At that time, flight controllers in Houston were updating the software onboard the station’s flight computers when one of the station’s data relay systems malfunctioned.

Information posted on indicates the primary computer that controls critical station functions defaulted to a backup computer, but was not allowing the station to communicate with NASA’s Tracking and Data Relay Satellites.

A NASA spokesperson says Mission Control Houston was able to communicate with the crew as the space station flew over Russian ground stations before 10:00 a.m. CST and instructed the crew to connect a backup computer to begin the process of restoring communications.

CNN reported the system was fully restored around 11:30 a.m. CST.

Huntsville has a strong connection with the ISS.  Workers at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center manage the science and research projects on board the space station.

The communication system is managed by Johnson Space Center in Houston.