zombie satellites? i thought they are just in movies!

@tigeraunt (6331)
Philippines
May 12, 2010 2:33am CST
dear mylotters, have your read about a communications satellite named Galaxy 15 which lost contact with ground control on earth after a solar flare must have (or probably) fried its brains? it is said that attempts from Earth to contact the satellite have been unsuccessful and come to think of it, instead of just dying and drifting off, the satellite has continued to orbit the earth, although it refuses to receive instructions from its owner, Intelsat. it is like a robot up there with its own mind! you think it is good having it there? am sure it might cut into some other signals and who knows what it could cause. the report says "the satellite is still on, with its "C-band telecommunications payload still functioning even as it has left its assigned orbital slot of 133 degrees west longitude 36,000 kilometers over the equator." do you think it is good having it there? please share your ideas. ann
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• India
21 May 10
Great information Ann dear, let it be there, there are thousands of such things in sky, we call it space garbage, if one comes very near to earth with in its gravitational field, they get attracted towards the surface of earth and burn midway in air due to friction with air,, Thanks for sharing. Welcome always. Cheers. Prof
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@tigeraunt (6331)
• Philippines
19 Jun 10
hello professor, i have been waiting for additional news regarding this zombie but seems they have been mum already. i was just worried it would destroy the signal of other well working satellites. anyways, i hope it depletes whatever is still making it work alone.. (like a child without a mommy, playing with matches). have a nice day. ann
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• India
19 Jun 10
Thanks for BR
@dorannmwin (36698)
• United States
14 May 10
No, this is something that happens in the real world as well. I'm pretty sure that there are several of these in orbit around the earth. When satellites and the like no longer serve a useful purpose to us it is far safer to leave them in orbit than to try to bring them back into the atmosphere and that is why this is done. I don't think that there could be a lot of harm done by the fact that there are zombies in orbit, but then I suppose that I could be wrong.
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@tigeraunt (6331)
• Philippines
22 May 10
dear dora, from what i read, there are many satellites orbiting which "life" has lapsed and those are no longer of use. but this one seems to be alive still and who knows what damage it could do to the other well functioning satellites. have a nice day. ann