Owner: U.S. cable service unhurt by rogue satellite
LONDON (AP) – The owner of a satellite that transmits programming to all U.S. cable systems says it avoided interference from another, out-of-control satellite that was drifting into its path.
SES World Skies says programming transmitted by its AMC 11 satellite was not affected by the Galaxy 15 satellite, which is drifting out of control thousands of miles above the Earth and had threatened to wander into AMC 11's orbit.
Galaxy 15 was expected to move into the second satellite's orbit around May 23.
SES had been weighing whether to move AMC 11 in its orbit, along with other protective measures it declined to specify.
In mid-May, communications company Intelsat said that it lost control of the Galaxy 15 satellite on April 5, possibly because the satellite's systems were knocked out by a solar storm.