OT : Possible comms sat failure ?

From: satcom (john@satcom.freeserve.co.uk)
Date: Wed Aug 10 2005 - 12:51:40 EDT

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    This afternoon output from Eutelsat W1 has dropped off completly as if the 
    whole bird has been powered down.
    This is an active satellite used 24/7 for many broadcasts across europe.
    
    One of the main users APTN has just put out a notice advising subscribers 
    that there has been some sort of problem with the bird.
    
    To me , it looks like a complete loss of power....the whole spectrum is 
    dead.
    
    Ruling out solar activity , which is low at present , I can't really figure 
    out why this should happen , unless the satellite has been hit by a complete 
    power failure , including back-up facilities.
    I'm also ruling out Perseids activity....as Persius is in complete 
    opposition to the location of the birds.
    
    Eutelsat themselves have not yet made a statement.
    
    Anyone heard any rumours ?
    
    John 
    
    
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