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May 14, 2010

Drifting satellite danger to cable

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by David Allen

A solar storm has knocked out the systems on a TV communications satellite.

The owner of the Galaxy 15 satellite, Intelsat, says it is unable to remotely steer the satellite back on course and so there is a chance that it will drift into the path of other satellites.

Surprisingly Galaxy 15 is still receiving and transmitting television signals, although as it gets closer to another satellite, the AMC 11 that services US cable companies, it is likely that the signals will overlap, until the 23rd May when Galaxy 15 enters the AMC 11’s orbit.

This is taking place 22,000 miles above the Pacific at the equator.

Interference could mean loss of TV signal, although it is expected to be temporary and it is hoped that full service will be resumed.

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