A damaged satellite may lead to blackout for millions of TV audience across the United States. Associated Press reported that the satellite known as Galaxy 15 recently broke contact from its owner, Intelsat on April 5. Even though the exact cause of this is not known, it is being speculated that the satellite may have been damaged by a solar storm.
Generally an incident like this not a big cause of concern as in most of these cases these satellites stop transmitting any signals. Intelsat has confirmed that Galaxy 15 is still transmitting signals and also entering the orbit of AMC
11, owned by SES World Skies. AMC 11 delivers programmes for U. S. cable channels.
Intelsat is not concerned that both these satellites will collide with each other. But it is more concerned that Galaxy 15’s signals could interfere with the signals of AMC 11. A possible collision may take place on or around May 23, reported AP.
Intelsat is working hard to gain control of Galaxy 15 and keep it outside the orbit of AMC 11. The company sources are confident of minimizing or completely avoiding any type of disruption in the services.
If these satellites do collide, it will impact more than 23 million U. S. cable subscribers of Comcast. The company refused to issue any statement about this incident and its possible outcome.