Posts Tagged ‘satellite’

Toshiba Recalls Overheating and Melting Satellite T-Series Notebooks

Thursday, September 9th, 2010

I’ve seen computers fail in some pretty interesting ways … but I’ve never seen one actually melt before.

By Tim Conneally, Betanews

Thursday, the US Consumer Product Safety Commission and Health Canada announced a recall of three Toshiba Satellite T-series notebook computers: T135, T135D and ProT130, for reports that the units’ AC adaptors cause them to overheat and melt.


FCC expects 90 MHz of new wireless broadband spectrum to come from satellite licenses

Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010

I hope they get this right; wireless broadband is the way of the future, but satellite will still be important too.

By Tim Conneally, Betanews

Today, the Federal Communications Commission announced that its Spectrum Task Force expects up to 90MHz of spectrum to be freed up for wireless broadband by July in the commission’s strategy to unleash 500MHz by 2020.

“This initiative is an opportunity to make additional spectrum available for mobile broadband by promoting greater spectrum efficiency and flexibility,” said Julie Knapp, Co-Chair of the Task Force. “The Spectrum Task Force remains firmly committed to maintaining robust mobile satellite capability that serves important needs like disaster recovery and rural access. I am confident that we can achieve all of these goals and create a win-win solution.”


Satellite Ops Engaged In ‘Orbital Waltz’ Around Rogue Satellite – SES World Skies attempting sophisticated maneuver to avoid problems

Wednesday, May 26th, 2010

This sounds like trouble. With all the satellites in orbit around the earth, it’s amazing that the rogue hasn’t hit anything yet …

Potential disruptions from the rogue Galaxy 15 satellite have been minimal so far, though satellite operators are continually engaged in an “orbital waltz” in an effort to prevent any additional disruption. Though Intelsat can’t talk to Galaxy-15 — its electronics remain full functional, so it can easily disrupt signals from satellites whose orbital paths it wanders close to. To prevent this, companies like SES World Skies are engaged in a bit of space satellite choreography, which involves some fairly-sophisticated manipulation of other nearby satellites and the re-configuration of communications loads: