Private Satellite Network company says Intelsat satellite poses no threat.
The Intelsat satellite, Galaxy 15, which had operated from the 133 degree West Orbital slot recently malfunctioned and is in a drift in the direction of the 131 degree West Slot.
According to Ron Burns, Chief Engineer at Microspace, “It’s unfortunate that Galaxy 15 has experienced a problem but, to be clear, it presents absolutely no threat to any services that Microspace provides.”
A significant portion of Microspace services are Ku Band services and, as a result, are not affected by Galaxy 15’s active C-Band payload. Microspace does operate services on the AMC 3 satellite located at 87 degrees but Galaxy 15 will not drift far enough to reach that slot. It’s likely that the satellite will remain in a drift thru the summer months and will eventually reach an orbital libration point at the105 degree orbital slot.
A libration point is the location between the earth and the moon where the gravitational pull on the satellite is equal and the satellite, as a result, remains in that position indefinitely. Galaxy 15 would end its drift at this point and join over 150 dead satellites that reside there.
Microspace Communications Corporation (Microspace), a subsidiary of Capitol Broadcasting Company, is a leader in satellite services for digital cinema, corporate communications, digital signage and many other applications. The company operates one of the largest global business satellite broadcasting networks with over a quarter of a million remote sites worldwide.
About Capitol Broadcasting
Capitol Broadcasting Company, Inc. is a diversified communications company which owns and/or operates WRAL-TV, WRAL Digital, WRAL-FM, WRAL-HD2, 99.9 The Fan, Microspace, CBC New Media Group and Wolfpack Sports Marketing in Raleigh, NC, WJZY-TV and WMYT-TV in Charlotte, NC; WILM-TV in Wilmington, NC; WRAZ-TV and The Durham Bulls in Durham, NC; and real estate interests including the American Tobacco Project and Diamond View office building in Durham, NC.