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Registered: Mar 2004
Originally posted by kidjay
#1-D7s never past in front of D5, think about it, (Loral who fly's our birds would never fly one satellite in front of another, this is just someone starting more rumors). And if this was the case of D7S flying in front of D5 it would take HOURS, and more HOURS to move it out of the way. And those paticular locals were not down that long. What really happen is that D7s is close enough to D5 and testing on D7s was being conducted at that time. D7s is much more powerful than D5 and it was overpowering the smaller/weaker bird. After we realized what was happening, we stop the testing at that time and D5 came back online...
I'm not trying to dispute you and I'll take you at your word, but...
Interference certainly makes sense, although if 7S was turned off and testing stopped as you say, all transponders should have bounced back immediately which is not what happened. They came back on pretty slowly and erratically. In addition, unless you were testing only spot beams that affect the east coast, it doesn't follow that interference would have been so localized to the northeast/midatlantic. I think alignment of the satellites was probably an issue and the reason the problem was localized to the east coast is because 7S was still on the move at the time of the problem and the two satellites aligned (one basically in front/behind the other) with respect to parts of the east coast and that's when the signals overlapped. This would make more sense based on the signal strength readings which I watched for about a half hour: they gradually came back on line and gradually got better, indicating that the alignment of the two satellites with respect to me was starting to get disrupted. This theory would also follow based on other reports in the northeast/mid-atlantic since reports in different states had the "phenomenon" occuring at slightly different times, indicating that alignment of the two satellites with respect to a particular spot on the ground was definitely an issue.
Also, I don't follow your logic about Loral not being "dumb enough" (so to speak) to allow one satellite to pass in front of another... yet... they were dumb enough not to know that operating a new satellite "over the shoulder" of another on the same frequencies was going to cause interference???
Finally, I completely disagree with your statement that it would take "hours" for the satellite to pass by and for a signal to come back. That satellite was moving a good fraction of a degree every hour at the time and a fraction of a degree every hour is a helluva long distance at 22,000 miles up! I'd think the opposite... that maybe it wouldn't have lasted as long as it did at the rate it was moving. I don't think you have your facts right on that one.
Again, not to dispute you, since I agree that the satellite passing directly in front of the old D5 was very unlikely and even if they wanted that to happen, it would be extremely difficult to get one satellite to pass directly in front of another in orbit unless they were intentionally trying to get them that close.
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