Intelsat Reports Anomaly on Intelsat 802 Satellite
Pembroke, Bermuda, September 22, 2006
Intelsat, Ltd. announced today that its IS-802 satellite, located at 33° E, experienced a sudden and unexpected anomaly on September 21, 2006, at approximately 8:27 p.m. E.T.
The Intelsat satellite control center is communicating with the satellite and the satellite is under control and accepting commands. Intelsat is in the process of making alternative capacity available to its IS-802 customers, in accordance with existing contingency plans.
The satellite, launched in 1997, furnishes telecommunications services to customers on the African continent and in the Indian Ocean Region. Intelsat and Lockheed Martin Corporation, the manufacturer of the satellite, are working together to identify the cause of the problem. Intelsat currently does not know if there is a connection between this event and the Intelsat 804 satellite failure which occurred in January 2005 and was also manufactured by Lockheed Martin.
Intelsat, which operates the world’s largest fleet of commercial satellites, operates a number of satellites in the region which are being utilized to restore service to affected customers. The majority of IS-802 users are being issued replacement capacity which will be available for their use today.
“Our first priority is the continuation of service for our customers,” said Dave McGlade, CEO of Intelsat, Ltd. “The Intelsat system has a number of satellites serving the region. Within hours of the event, we are issuing replacement capacity within the Intelsat system. This is a testament to the resilience and redundancy of our network.”
The IS-802 is not insured, in accordance with Intelsat’s practice of self insuring satellites that are beyond the initial year of operations. The IS-802 satellite generates annual revenue of less than $30 million, although the company’s initial view is that it will be able to restore a substantial portion of the customer traffic, given the resilience and redundancy of the Intelsat system. The company will issue a statement regarding the degree to which it is able to retain revenue on the Intelsat system following the completion of the restoration process.