Out of control satellite threatens U.S. cable programming

A TV communications satellite that spun out of control after being hit by a solar storm could disrupt U.S. cable programming around May 23. Intelsat said it lost control of the satellite (Galaxy 15) on April 8 and can't steer it into its orbit or stop it from wandering into the path of another TV communications satellite (AMC 11) that serves U.S. cable companies.

AMC 11's parent company SES World Skies said that if Galaxy 15 drifts too close it will interfere. Galaxy 15, by the way, continues to receive and transmit signals-and that's the biggest problem because those signals will create the interference.

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