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A “zombie satellite†reset itself after months adrift in space following an unexplained breakdown earlier this year.

The satellite, Galaxy 15, lost contact with flight control on April 5, but continued to send out signals over the next 8 months. The telecommunication broadcast package remained in operation, which left a risk of interfering with signals of neighboring satellites.
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No human intervention at all? How very strange...
    
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No human intervention at all? How very strange...
If you read the article, it's because the battery finally drained on the satellite. After that they were finally able to signal it to do whatever it was supposed to do.

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On December 23, the satellite’s battery, powered by solar panels pointed directly at the sun, finally drained. Once that occurred, the satellite reset itself and began accepting commands from Intelsat’s control center.
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Sounds cool and strange; no doubt we'll have comments about aliens (inb4aliens?). But the reason is simple enough. Kinda like a removing the CMOS battery from a motherboard to reset it after a bad OC - once the batteries drained and it reset, it started working again.

The only mystery is why it got corrupted in the first place.
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If you read the article, it's because the battery finally drained on the satellite. After that they were finally able to signal it to do whatever it was supposed to do.
Hard to do on my phone...
    
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I wonder if I can pick it up by moving my Satellite dish.. it's only one degree from Galaxy 19...
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Sounds cool and strange; no doubt we'll have comments about aliens (inb4aliens?). But the reason is simple enough. Kinda like a removing the CMOS battery from a motherboard to reset it after a bad OC - once the batteries drained and it reset, it started working again.

The only mystery is why it got corrupted in the first place.
The article said OSC blames a solar storm. But even then they aren't entirely sure.
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Hard to do on my phone...
lol true that
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So, in effect, it simply rebooted after draining the battery lol
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post #10 of 17
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So, in effect, it simply rebooted after draining the battery lol
Yea, amazing, isn't it.
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