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Rogue Satellite

Ariane 42P rocket, credit NASA

Ariane 42P rocket, credit NASA

There’s a rogue satellite on the loose. It’s called the Galaxy 15 and it was launched at Guiana Space Center in Kourou, French Guiana in October 2005. The launch was performed by Arianespace SA a French company.

According to Associated Press  the satellite was knocked out of commission by a solar storm, but it still maintains its position in space. However, it seems that the satellite was not completely disabled and now it is drifting closer to another communications satellite, which redirects cable signals back to earth. Not to long ago an attempt was made to disable the satellite with a strong set of signals. The satellite failed to respond and currently is still situated near its relative position.

Nonetheless, it is sending renegade signals across the high skies and remains a threat to cause some significant interference with another satellite located nearby. At present the two communication devices are a little ways apart, but they are getting closer with major interference expected later this month.

All attempts so far to disable the Galaxy 15 have failed. Pictured here is a rocket similar to the one that launched the Galaxy 15.


Crescent Earth, credit:  GOES Project, GSFC, NASA

Crescent Earth, credit: GOES Project, GSFC, NASA

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