SES World Skies has announced plans for an intricate set of orbital manoeuvres designed to steer its AMC-11 and SES-1 satellites away from Intelsat’s Galaxy 15 craft, which has suffered what its owners have termed “an anomaly”.
As the stray satellite moves towards AMC-11’s orbital position of 131 degrees west, SES will match the eastward drift of Galaxy 15 – the so-called zombie satellite – in order to maintain a distance between the two pieces of hardware. SES claims that this will minimise interference caused by Galaxy 15 as it passes.
The new SES-1 satellite will also be moved to the opposite side of Galaxy 15 allowing customers – including US cable networks – to leapfrog the interference.
SES claims that these two actions will minimise disruption caused by the meandering satellite.
“This extraordinary technical initiative underscores our commitment to finding solutions to minimise the impact of an unexpected event like this on our customers,” said Alan Young, CTO, SES WORLD SKIES. “A team of our best engineers and scientists is working around the clock to ensure the success of this unprecedented mission.”
The adjustments to AMC-11 will take place on May 25 with the possibility of interference passing on June 7 when the Intelsat hardware clears the area.