Galaxy 4

Thu, 21 May 1998 10:02:19 -0700

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Panamsat has conformed that its Galaxy 4 satellite has experienced an
anomaly with its onboard spacecraft control processor (SCP), the primary
system responsible for pointing the spacecraft relative to the earth.
The automatic switch to a backup unit failed as well. As a result of SCP
anomalies, the satellite began to rotate, thereby losing its fixed
orientation. Panamsat is able to send and receive commands and telemetry
from the satellite, the company has deactivated the communications
payload to conserve power. The satellite is reported to be in a stable
and safe condition, with engineers from Hughes Space and Communications
Co. examing all pertinent data to determine the causes and potential
solutions to the anomalies.

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