Thursday, September 21, 2006

Intelsat Reports Anomaly on Satellite over Africa

Intelsat's IS-802 satellite, located at 33 degrees E, experienced a sudden and unexpected anomaly on September 21. The satellite, launched in 1997, furnishes telecommunications services to customers on the African continent and the Indian Ocean Region.

Intelsat said its control center is communicating with the satellite and the satellite is under control and accepting commands. The company is making alternative capacity available to its IS-802 customers, in accordance with existing contingency plans.

Intelsat also said it did not yet know if there is a connection between this event and the Intelsat 804 satellite failure which occurred in January 2005. Both satellites were manufactured by Lockheed Martin.

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