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Out-of-Control Satellite Threatens Spacecraft

Discussion in 'General Satellite Discussion' started by LarryFlowers, May 3, 2010.

  1. May 3, 2010 #1 of 69
    LarryFlowers

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    Intelsats Galaxy 15 satellite has lost communication with ground control and is moving "cross orbits" out of control at 36000KM.

    The satellite had been a slot at 133 degrees when apparently an intense solar storm damage the satellite. The satellite itself is fully functional just out of control. The first threatened satellite is AMC-11 which controllers are attempting to move as far out of Galaxy 15's path without losing contact with its customer.
     
  2. May 3, 2010 #2 of 69
    matt

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    Whoa! That is crazy!

    Oh that sucks, it had lots of life left too. At least they have a spare.
     
  3. May 3, 2010 #3 of 69
    RobertE

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    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/36919374/ns/technology_and_science-space/?gt1=43001

     
  4. May 3, 2010 #4 of 69
    spartanstew

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    Whew, I thought this was about D12
     
  5. May 3, 2010 #5 of 69
    sigma1914

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    D12 is next, shhhhhh!
     
  6. May 3, 2010 #6 of 69
    matt

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    The most discussion so far is in the D12 thread...
     
  7. May 3, 2010 #7 of 69
    Nick

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    See the movie, "Attack of the Killer Satellites!" coming soon to a theater near you.
     
  8. May 3, 2010 #8 of 69
    Stewart Vernon

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    Topics merged...
     
  9. May 3, 2010 #9 of 69
    phrelin

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    Syfy has their own version scheduled for next Saturday.;)
     
  10. Davenlr

    Davenlr Geek til I die

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    OK you rocket scientists, please explain why (according to the article referenced above) an out of control satellite stops at one of two points, rather than just keeping on drifting across the globe? Ive never heard of this:

     
  11. matt

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    Ok now that all 3 threads on this have been merged, my LOL comment is retracted.
     
  12. James Long

    James Long Ready for Uplink! Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

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    Fortunately the other satellites can move out of its way as it passes by ... hopefully they can get the payload turned off so it doesn't interfere with the signals being broadcast.

    It looks like a manageable "threat".
     
  13. Lee L

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    Not a rocket scientist, but here is why. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lagrangian_point

    I assume something happens on a smaller scale due to the moon and earth, but I am sure someone can explain it better.
     
  14. James Long

    James Long Ready for Uplink! Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

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    A couple more quotes from the article focusing on the slowness:
    Looks like a summer of chasing a slow moving bird.
     
  15. JACKIEGAGA

    JACKIEGAGA N.Y. FOOTBALL GIANTS

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    Too bad
     
  16. cheesedjdj

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    well this isn't good
     
  17. sepaperson

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    Gee, wasn't the space shuttle designed to go into space and possibly help with a problem like this? Oh, yeah, that's right, they're dumping that program. Guess they could send one of the Russian cargo pods up to bump it around on its way to to the space station.
     
  18. James Long

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    The space shuttle doesn't fly high enough to help.
     
  19. dirtyblueshirt

    dirtyblueshirt Under Suspicion

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    http://www.lyngsat.com/amc11.html

    A list of AMC-11's customers, including:

    Lifetime Networks
    Hallmark
    C-Span
    Scripps (HGTV, DIY, FLN, etc)
    QVC
    A&E Networks
    The Weather Channel
    NESN
    MTV Networks
    Showtime Networks
    Univision Networks
    NBCU Networks (cable channels, not nat'l feeds or locals, with the exception of WNBC)
     
  20. Grentz

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    The shuttle can fly up to around 600 miles at absolute max (most missions are in the 100-400 mile range, ISS is around 200 miles up I believe).

    The geostationary orbit is at around 22,000 miles up :eek2:
     

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