| The Solar Blade Mission relies heavily on autonomy for its operations, yet ground operators will be capable of overriding spacecraft commands. During the persistent monitoring of the status of Solar Blade, controllers will learn of the parameters chosen by the spacecraft for flight and correlate them with computer simulations. With empirically improved earth-based models, they will be increasingly capable of predicting and, if necessary, overriding spacecraft control.
Ground operators will also directly download the deployment video sequence and relative information from the stowage vehicle. For the first stage of the mission, the stowage vehicle will be the sole means of communication with the ground. After Solar Blade/Stowage Vehicle separation, both spacecraft will communicate with the ground. Once the stowage vehicle has relayed its deployment images, it will have met its operational goals, leaving the ground operators to focus completely on the Solar Blade spacecraft.