Contact has been re-established with the European Space Agency (ESA) Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO). Signals sent to SOHO from NASA's Deep Space network in Canberra, Australia, on 4 August were answered by the spacecraft. It later responded to attempts to activate its onboard telemetry data system by sending a simple carrier signal with bursts of 10s duration, says ESA. This indicates that the spacecraft is capable of functioning normally, provided that full control can be re-established.

Source: Flight International