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Weekly Current Affairs: April week-2 - VeneSat-1 satellite inactive since March 13, to be pushed into graveyard orbits

  • Category
    Miscellaneous
  • Published
    9th Apr, 2020

The first state-owned communication satellite of Venezuela is reportedly out of service since March 13 when a series of maneuvers left it tumbling in an unusable orbit.

  • The first state-owned communication satellite of Venezuela is reportedly out of service since March 13 when a series of maneuvers left it tumbling in an unusable orbit.
  • According to Space News, Venezuela's satellite, VeneSat-1 satellite has been stuck for 11 days in an elliptical orbit above the geostationary arc. This has been observed two US companies that track satellites.
  • VeneSat-1 satellite was built by Venezuelan space agency ABAE in association with China Great Wall Industry Corp. and launched in late 2008.
  • The launch of VeneSat-1 satellite was intended to provide television and broadband services to Venezuela.
  • The website further reported that both Venezuela and China planned in January this year to develop a replacement satellite titled VeneSat-2, which would continue service after VeneSat-1 retired. The first one was expected to remain in service till atleast 2024.
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