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Express-AM4: Repurposing Space Assets For Exploration

Can We Repurpose Space Assets?, Paul Spudis, Air & Space “An attempt to repurpose this satellite hardware appears to be a win-win for everybody. The National Science Foundation gets a new satellite asset for safe and productive communications with and operations in the Antarctic, Polar Broadband gets to sell this service to the NSF, and by giving a green light to this endeavor, the Russians will have benefited the international […]

  • NASA Watch
  • March 20, 2012
ViviSat: Giving New Life to Old Satellites

ViviSat Launched – New Venture Will Provide Satellite Life Extension Services “U.S. Space LLC, a U.S.-based creator of dedicated space solutions for government and commercial clients, and ATK, an aerospace, defense, and commercial products company, today announced the creation of ViviSat, a new satellite life extension venture. ViviSat provides geosynchronous satellite operators with flexible, scalable, capital-efficient, and low-risk in-orbit mission extension and protection services that can add several years to […]

  • NASA Watch
  • January 13, 2011
Galaxy 15 Under Control Again

Galaxy 15 Status Update: Power, Communications, and Control Restored “On 23 December, the power from the Galaxy 15 battery completely drained during its loss of earth lock and the Baseband Equipment (BBE) command unit reset, as it was designed to do. Shortly thereafter Galaxy 15 began accepting commands and Intelsat engineers began receiving telemetry in our Satellite Operations center. We have placed Galaxy 15 in safe mode, and at this […]

  • NASA Watch
  • December 28, 2010
Galaxy 15 Stumbles Around GEO

Zombiesat has three more satellites in its crosshairs, SpaceflightNow “The out-of-control Galaxy 15 spacecraft will pass near three more orbiting broadcast platforms before it loses power in late August or early September, putting an end to the zombie satellite’s menacing tour of the geostationary arc. Galaxy 15 stopped responding to commands from ground controllers in April, most likely due to a solar flare that zapped the satellite’s electronics. But engineers […]

  • NASA Watch
  • July 26, 2010
Zombie Ops in GEO

SES World Skies Readies Orbital Maneuver to Avoid Interference from Troubled Intelsat Satellite “SES World Skies today announced plans for an intricate set of orbital maneuvers later this month aimed at steering its AMC-11 satellite and its customers clear of interference from Intelsat’s troubled Galaxy 15 spacecraft, referred to in recent media coverage as the “Zombie” satellite. As the stray satellite nears AMC-11’s orbital location at 131 degrees west, SES […]

  • NASA Watch
  • May 17, 2010