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Thursday, May 20, 2010

With a Little Luck, Maybe This Will Screw Up FOX News

No time for blogging today! I'm far to busy trying to save America's important television lifestyle from an imminent invasion of the zombie-satellite Galaxy 15, which is in danger of interrupting the television signal from the satellite AMC-11 and destroying the programming from up to 45 different cable channels!

'Zombie' satellite runs amok in Earth's orbit
An attempt to shut down the electronics payload of the out-of-control communications satellite Galaxy 15 has failed, leaving the satellite - which ceased responding to ground commands last month - still in its uncontrolled "zombiesat" drift toward orbits occupied by other spacecraft, the satellite's fleet operator Intelsat said Tuesday.

Galaxy 15 is closing in on the geostationary orbital slot occupied by another C-band satellite, the AMC-11 spacecraft operated by SES World Skies, and with its stuck-on communications payload will be in a position to cause potentially severe interference with the SES satellite during a two-week period starting around May 23, according to Intelsat and SES estimates.

The unsuccessful attempt to shut down the so-called "zombiesat" – a satellite industry term for failed satellites in orbit - occurred on Monday.

CNN: Rogue satellite may impact cable TV in U.S.
AP: Drifting satellite threatens US cable programming 'Zombie' satellite runs amok in Earth's orbit

On the other hand, considering the state of television programming as of late this event might be something of a blessing in disguise...

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At Thu May 20, 10:48:00 AM, Blogger BadTux said...

What is this "television" of which you speak? Is that some quaint relic of a pre-Internet age, similar to telephones with dials on them? I had no idea you were into retro entertainment, Dr. Zaius! I must take up some similarly retro hobby, such as, say, Roman carriage racing.

- Badtux the Modern Penguin

At Fri May 21, 10:15:00 AM, Blogger Randal Graves said...

Does this mean we'll have to start chomping on brains? They don't like all that delicious.

At Fri May 21, 03:48:00 PM, Blogger daveawayfromhome said...

Ha! "Zombie" is appropriate, considering how television eats our brains.

At Tue May 25, 08:46:00 AM, Blogger wide world of dave said...

heavens to betsy.... not AMC-11..?!?
does this mean that i'll won't be able to get my daily fix of Cop Rock and Manimal...... ooooh nooooo!!!

At Thu May 27, 02:04:00 PM, Blogger Dr. Zaius said...

BadTux: You non-believer! Television is one of the few man-made opiates that is of an value. Now if we can just get rid of commercials... ;o)

Randal Graves: Don't knock it if you haven't tried it... ;o)

daveawayfromhome: I love brains! For strictly scientific purposes only, of course. ;o)

Wide World of Dave: Manimal is still on the air? What channel? What channel? ;o)


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