Solar storm knocks out Galaxy 15 broadcast satellite’s communication

“The satellite is otherwise operating nominally, keeping Earth pointing with all payload operations nominal,” Intelsat spokesperson Melissa Longo said.

The company is offloading Galaxy 15 clients onto other satellites, after which it will “continue to try to regain command once they are off so we can eventually deorbit it,” she added.

Galaxy 15 transmits news to the Americas from a geostationary orbit with a 133-degree west inclination, according to Intelsat.

The satellite was created by Orbital Sciences Corporation and launched in 2005. Northrop Grumman eventually bought the company.

Geomagnetic storm warning

Despite the fact that “impacts to our technology from a G3 storm are typically limited,” US’s National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issued a warning on August 16 concerning a category G3 geomagnetic storm.

The storm had enough force to cause dazzling auroras all across the world.

The relatively benign space weather circumstances of recent years are “coming to an end,” Tzu-Wei Fang, a space scientist at NOAA’s Space Weather Prediction Center (SWPC), warned on August 8.

The majority of geomagnetic storms are harmless, but powerful storms can affect satellites in addition to power lines, other electrical infrastructure, and radio transmission.

Great solar flares and coronal mass ejections (CMEs) have been produced in large quantities during the year 2022, indicating that the sun is “waking up” from a more inactive stage of its 11-year cycle of activity.

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