Eclipse casualty ?

From: John Locker (
Date: Mon Oct 09 2006 - 12:26:43 EDT

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    "Eutelsat reports that its W3A satellite, located at 7 degrees East,
    experienced an anomaly during a routine manoeuvre on 9 October at
    approximately 06.20am Paris time."
    Following this the bird went into Sun pointing mode....but was back on line
    by late this afternoon.
    A very similar incident to that which befell W3A last year...but of course
    we are now approaching the peak of the eclipse period in Europe....and they
    may find it difficult to maintain a full service. Be interesting to see if
    they close down unimportant transponders through the night to conserve
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