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Express-AM4 Satellite Salvage Plan For Antarctic Internet In Jeopardy 46

Posted by Unknown Lamer
from the no-youtube-for-antarctica dept.
First time accepted submitter amcenwest writes with news on the fate of the mis-launched Ekspress-AM4. From the article: "A modern, state of the art communications satellite stranded last August in a useless orbit will constitute a double failure if Russian officials de-orbit the spacecraft as planned, according to an expert from the team hoping to salvage the spacecraft. 'A new Express AM4 orbit could provide 14 to 16 hours of daily Internet coverage for the international scientific research bases in Antarctica,' said Readdy." Unfortunately, the satellite is scheduled to begin a deorbiting burn between March 20th and 26th, so it looks unlikely that it can be salvaged at this point.
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Express-AM4 Satellite Salvage Plan For Antarctic Internet In Jeopardy

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Monday March 19, 2012 @08:34PM (#39409061)

    Serious question: why isn't it possible to put a set of birds in polar orbits and just do handoffs a few times a day as they move through their orbits? Or is Antarctic research not worth lofting 3-4 birds in a circumpolar orbit separated by 90 to 120 degrees?

    Uhh... do you know how hard birds would have to flap just to get into orbit, let alone stay there? Plus, you know... air.

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