A month ago Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) has gone worried as their satellite became unresponsive and they were no longer able to check its health. Furthermore, scientists noticed debris around the satellite. The Japanese space agency received what it believed to be three signals from Hitomi. Unfortunately, after further investigations scientists found out that the signals were actually false positives caused “due to the differences in frequencies as a consequence of technological study”.
JAXA figured out that it is now impossible to recover the satellite. As a result all rescue plans have been called off. Japan has abandoned its $273 million space telescope and is now investigating what caused the anomaly which lead to them loosing an expensive satellite. As part of the ongoing investigation the manufacturing process, planned verification and the scrutiny of their design will be checked.