Fw: Repositioning of Optus B1

From: Robert Holdsworth (robbonz1@xtra.co.nz)
Date: Fri May 05 2006 - 16:02:57 EDT

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    The email of 2 May was not distributed to the list owing to my earlier 
    problems.
    
    The bounce message only took 4 days!
    
    So apologies for the long quotes to put the whole thing in context.
    
    Robert
    
    Sent: Tuesday, May 02, 2006 6:22 AM
    Subject: Re: Repositioning of Optus B1
    
    
    > An article in yesterday's newspaper finally shed light on what happened. 
    > Unfortunately I cannot locate the article online.
    >
    > In a routine realignment manoeuvre (maneuver depending where you live!) 
    > one of the rockets failed to cease firing.  Therefore further 
    > repositioning was necessary to get it back in place.
    >
    > The report also referred to rumours that  Optus B1 was now running short 
    > of fuel and likely to "die" soon, these were denied by the operator but 
    > reference was also made to the impending launch of Optus D1  I don't have 
    > the article in front of me, but from memory this was slated for around 
    > August.
    >
    > Correction to position below: 174.948E
    >
    > Robert
    >
    >
    > ----- Original Message ----- 
    > From: "Robert Holdsworth" <robbonz1@xtra.co.nz>
    > To: "Seesat List" <SeeSat-L@satobs.org>
    > Sent: Friday, March 31, 2006 11:54 PM
    > Subject: Repositioning of Optus B1
    >
    >
    >> Optus B1 has been or is being repositioned and this disrupted coverage 
    >> for many customers on a major television network here - it seems this was 
    >> the sequence rather than the repositioning being made necessary because 
    >> of loss of signal.
    >>
    >> Reports on this are quite confusing. One possible way of interpreting 
    >> them is that repositioning has taken place but that re-alignment  of the 
    >> satellite antennas etc towards the target area was not possible because 
    >> the solar cells were drained by the solar eclipse - the latter hardly 
    >> being an unforeseen event!
    >>
    >> Robert
    >> Wainuiomata
    >> New Zealand
    >> 41.261S
    >> 147.948E
    >>
    >>
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