Canadians face disruptions after Telesat loses contact with satellite

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    Oct 06, 2011 7:32 PM GMT
    Published on October 6, 2011


    Staff ~ The Canadian Press

    Topics : Telesat , Canadian Press , Novanet Communications , Canada , Ottawa ,



    Far North Internet and broadcasting customers across Canada are experiencing disruptions after Telesat lost contact early this morning with its Anik F2 satellite, one of the largest and most powerful telecommunications satellites orbiting the Earth.

    The Ottawa-based company is working to restore service that was shut down after something caused the device to turn away from the Earth as a safety precaution.

    The disruption or loss of earth lock affected services for customers including Shaw Direct TV, news agency The Canadian Press, companies that use C-band, Ku-band and Ka-band services and remote communities in the Far North.

    Novanet Communications, which provides customers the satellite signal from Telesat, says initial analysis shows that the satellite is healthy and all services should be restored.

    Telesat couldn't be immediately reached for comment.

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    Oct 06, 2011 7:35 PM GMT
    My television picture suddenly changed to "no input" on a bunch of stations; while others were alright. My cable provider evidently did some quick switching of feeds and it was barely noticeable.

    UntilI saw this story I did not realise we were having service disruptions off Anik.

    When Anik 1 went offline back in the 80s the effect was stark and immediately visible all across north America as suddenly all weather maps had to be pieced together from nearest satellite images. For years we could no longer have the overhead view of Canada we were used too. We could only see our country from "below" looking from the U.S midwest; an overhead view from the north west overlooking the Pacific and from the north east which looked over the North Atlantic (all off other NATO satellites around the earth.)




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    Oct 06, 2011 8:28 PM GMT
    Canada has a space program?

    I don't ask in a jeering sense, I am just concerned that I don't know enough about our northern neighbors.
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    Oct 06, 2011 9:54 PM GMT
    Huh. At around this time I lost my Dish signal at home. Coincidence?
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    Oct 08, 2011 5:47 PM GMT
    Stephen Hadfield will take command of the ISS in 2013, becoming the first Canadian to command the ISS.

    The Canadarm and Canadarm II were built in Canada, and a Canadian astronaut always manipulates it.


    Interesting bit of trivia.

    It was only once the Canadarm I was delivered to NASA and being loaded that NASA noticed that while the Canadarm had a Canadian flag on it, there was no U.S. flag on the space shuttle itself. For the first time there would be a camera view of the shuttle in space (hence it had not been needed from that angle) and the only flag visible would have Canada's had they not made the last minute addition of a U.S.flag.