Tiny Bermuda desperately seeking a satellite
July 26, 2012
By Chris Forrester
The tiny Atlantic Ocean island of Bermuda is urgently trying to find a second-hand orbiting satellite in order to preserve an orbital slot that it is currently entitled to, but where those rights are shortly due to expire.
Bermuda’s key position is at 96.5 degrees West and this was originally allocated to the Isle of Man, which lost its rights to the almost adjacent 96.2 degrees slot when it failed to place a satellite into the position.
Bermuda’s position is now more valuable given that the Isle of Man will not be using the nearby slot and thus eliminates any risk of interference to the Bermuda position.
The slot is near-perfect for broadcasting to most of North America and entitles the craft to carry 32 Ku-band transponders.