Spaceway-1 is dead!

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  1. Fab55

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  2. slice1900

    slice1900 Well-Known Member

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    Directv hasn't used it for TV for a couple years now, so not an issue for Directv customers. Apparently it was performing a backup role for satellite internet in Alaska, so its failure doesn't really affect anyone.
     
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  3. DirectMan

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    The dummies at ATT will use this as an example as to why they have to get out of satellite broadcasting.
     
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  4. eletric chicken

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    :D
    i often what would happen to DTV if att ever spun it off. how much worse could it get:rolleyes:
     
  5. J. Harwood

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    Not being facetious but will it effect anyone if the satellite explodes? Looks like one of the largest commercial satellites ever launched, just wondering what would happen.
     
  6. yosoyellobo

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    It will burn out coming down.
     
  7. J. Harwood

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    If it would just burn up on re-entry and no one would be impacted why would they care if it exploded?
     
  8. Coastal

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    Yes, it will be a bunch of shrapnel in geosynchronous orbit that could wander around and damage other communications satellites in the valuable geosynchronous orbit.
    No, it will not fall to Earth, but it will be a risk to damage other satellites.

    Geosynchronous orbit - Wikipedia

    List of satellites in geosynchronous orbit - Wikipedia

    https://www.quora.com/For-how-long-would-Geosynchronous-satellites-stay-in-orbit
     
  9. J. Harwood

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    Ok so 1) it actually would "really affect anyone" and 2) it would not "burn out coming down." Thanks for clarifying.
     
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  10. Rich

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    Careful, that's what we thought when ATT took over, look how that turned out.

    Rich
     
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  11. eletric chicken

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    yep it's a complete nightmare... even the tech told me that DTV isn't what i used to be that's pretty bad
     
  12. HerntDawg

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    My locals recorded at 7 pm tonight instead of the normal 8 pm, we are in the portland oregon market.

    Any chance the sat has anything to do with it?
     
  13. compnurd

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    No. As stated that Sat has not been used to TV in quite some time. It was helping with internet in Alaska
     
  14. orbit626

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    I have no experience with telescopes and such, but I wonder if this is something we could view with one...that'd be fun :D
     
  15. slice1900

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    Its not going to explode, that article was a lot of hyperbole. They are retiring it to a parking orbit because something happened to the batteries that MIGHT cause them to explode IF they tried to recharge them. So they stopped using the batteries entirely, and are retiring the satellite completely before it starts falling into Earth's shadow part of the day in March and would need battery power to keep operating.
     
  16. eletric chicken

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    i am really thinking AT&T will spin off DTV. here's why... there loosing customers left and right and there not making any money on it rumour has it. now they have there own streaming service... buildings are getting stricter on sat dishes and AT&T don't have the resources or the knowledge like DTV had nor do they want to be bothered with it... i heard the genie 2 is the last box AT&T will be producing as well. i heard that dish is still eyeing down DTV!!! should be interesting to see what happens!!!
     
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  17. James Long

    James Long Ready for Uplink! Staff Member Super Moderator

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    AT&T's streaming service is built on contracts they got by leveraging ALL of their subscriber base. Ditching DIRECTV reduces their subscriber base and reduces their power with content providers. DIRECTV satellite remains profitable.
     
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  18. P Smith

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    you are hearing speculation on the site and in Internet ! too often :p
     
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  19. eletric chicken

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    as well as the techs to!!!!
     

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