ABS-2 “anomaly” confirmed
August 1, 2014
By Chris Forrester
The almost brand new ABS-2 satellite has suffered an “anomaly” on its Russian Ku-beam and which according to ABS is affecting a limited number of transponders.
We first reported this on July 29. An ABS spokesperson now says: “This resulted in an interruption of services which we are working to restore with Space Systems/Loral. No other beams were impacted and the satellite is otherwise operating normally.”
However, it seems for the time being that some of the Russian transponders are not working, and affecting some 50 television channels operated by Vladivostok’s ISP Alliance.
ABS-2 is, in fact, the first craft that was designed and built specifically for Asia Satellite Broadcasting (ABS) by Space Systems/Loral and operates from 75 deg East orbital position. Its Russian-focused Ku-band beams can potentially deliver up to 51 transponders of content.