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Old 15th April 2019, 07:20 AM   #1
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Satellite IS29e "anomaly" on video (!)

Ars Technica has posted remarkable video from a ground-based telescope of a GEO satellite having a very bad day.

The video is about halfway down the page, and the interesting part starts at about 24s in the video (it's only 52s long).

If I'm reading it right, the incident in the video happened on Thursday (April 11).

For the moment, I don't have anything useful to add to the speculations about what happened, but I know there are (or were) at least a few of us here from the satellite business so I thought I'd share it.
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Old 15th April 2019, 10:07 AM   #2
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Ouch! A very bad day, indeed!
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Old 15th April 2019, 05:37 PM   #3
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Wow. Appears to have been blown up.

I noticed it's "Boeing-built". They aren't having a very good couple of weeks.
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Old 15th April 2019, 06:10 PM   #4
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Originally Posted by Trebuchet View Post
I noticed it's "Boeing-built".
I found out about the video from one of my (many) Boeing friends
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Old 15th April 2019, 07:25 PM   #5
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I wonder if it was hit by a meteoroid?
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Originally Posted by smartcooky View Post
I wonder if it was hit by a meteoroid?
Or a stray box of tools from the ISS??

https://www.nasa.gov/missions/shuttle/f_debris.html
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Old 15th April 2019, 09:35 PM   #7
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Originally Posted by Norman Alexander View Post
Or a stray box of tools from the ISS??

https://www.nasa.gov/missions/shuttle/f_debris.html
Wrong orbit
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Originally Posted by Norman Alexander View Post
Or a stray box of tools from the ISS??

https://www.nasa.gov/missions/shuttle/f_debris.html
Wrong orbit. ISS is about 408 km above the surface, whereas geostationary orbit is 35,786 km high.
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Thanks for posting, that was a very cool video. Too bad about the satellite though.
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Originally Posted by Puppycow View Post
Wrong orbit. ISS is about 408 km above the surface, whereas geostationary orbit is 35,786 km high.

I was about to mention the cloud of debris created by India's recent anti-satellite missile test, but that was way too low as well.
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Satellite IS29e "anomaly" was not caused by a hit-and-run accident from Elon Musk's Tesla Roadster with Starman behind the wheel.
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Originally Posted by Ernie M View Post
Satellite IS29e "anomaly" was not caused by a hit-and-run accident from Elon Musk's Tesla Roadster with Starman behind the wheel.
That's what THEY want you to think!
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