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Galaxy 15, Still Adrift, Poses Threat to Its Orbital Neighbors

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posted on May, 1 2010 @ 10:40 PM

PARIS — An Intelsat satellite that stopped communicating with its ground controllers April 5 remains out of control and has begun moving eastward along the geostationary arc, raising the threat of interference with other satellites in its path, Intelsat and other industry officials said.

In what industry officials said is an unprecedented event, Intelsat’s Galaxy 15 satellite has remained fully “on,” with its C-band telecommunications payload still functioning even as it has left its assigned orbital slot of 133 degrees west longitude 36,000 kilometers over the equator.

The first satellite likely to face signal interference problems is the AMC-11 C-band satellite owned by SES of Luxembourg and stationed at 131 degrees west, just two degrees away from Galaxy 15’s starting position.

Space News

posted on May, 1 2010 @ 10:41 PM
If I may quote a few more sections.

Rob Bednarek, chief executive of the SES World Skies division, which operates AMC-11, said Intelsat and SES have been meeting since April 5 to coordinate how to minimize the Galaxy 15 impact on AMC-11’s media customers.

This is a list of the Media Outlets that may or may not be affected by this interference AMC 11 Media List

From the looks of this list, there are quite a few Networks. Interesting article, this section of the article is intriguing.

On May 3, Intelsat will play what as of April 30 appeared to be its last card by blasting Galaxy 15 with a more powerful signal intended not to salvage the satellite, but to force it into a complete shutdown. That attempt will last about 30 minutes. It will not be repeated, both because a second attempt is viewed as unnecessary...

Even if the May 3 action succeeds, Galaxy 15 will remain a problem as it continues to wander the geostationary arc. But it is a problem that satellite operators know how to deal with.


posted on May, 2 2010 @ 08:49 AM
Looking at that list there are a few major MSM News organizations, mainly BBC America, WNBC in New York, C-Span (and Radio), CNBC World, and Telemundo (which if I remember correctly has a News segment).


posted on May, 11 2010 @ 03:36 PM
I posted this 10 days ago and nowwwww it get's popular in the news?

Took them long enough

So now it has a mind of it's own...Maybe they have a new missile targeting system they want to test and this ole bucket of bolts and solar panels thing conveniently goes rogue threatening other satellites and now stealing signals. Perfect excuse to "fire away".

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