DirecTV satellite could explode soon, but company has plan

DirecTV satellite could explode soon, but company has plan

DirecTV satellite could explode soon, but company has plan

To prevent damage from an explosion, DirecTV has requested to decommission the satellite into a "graveyard" orbit about 186 miles above its current position, according to Space News.

The satellite, which was built by Boeing and goes by the name Spaceway-1, suffered "irreversible" damage to its batteries during a "major anomaly" in December, according to a new public filing DirecTV submitted to USA regulators.

The satellite built in Boeing suffered damage to its batteries during a "major deviation" in December, the filing said, and DirecTV hopes to avoid a scenario where the satellite bursts into orbit, which could damage other communications satellites in the area. When this season begins on February 25, company representatives wrote, the damaged batteries will likely explode upon activation, destroying the satellite and putting other nearby satellites at risk.

The DirecTV satellite is now powered by electricity that is generated directly by the solar modules.

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The satellite follows a geostationary orbit (meaning it appears to stay put over one particular part of Earth as it rotates), which is the highest orbit possible for in-use satellites. For this reason, the company wants to leave the orbit of the device and then withdraw the device from circulation.

Following an unexplained accident, a satellite built by Boeing and operated by DirecTV is at risk of exploding in the coming weeks.

Boeing told CNN that the problem came from "a collection of events that have very little chance of other satellites".

The company did not respond to further inquiries as to whether other Boeing-built satellites were at risk.

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