Spacecom’s AMOS-3 has lost its backup ‘star tracker’ device, which helps keep the satellite correctly oriented.
However, all is well for the moment because its primary tracker is fully functioning and the satellite’s other operations are not affected. A satellite only needs one such tracker, but obviously is at risk if its primary star tracker suffers a problem.
AMOS-3 is a very important – and lucrative – member of the Amos fleet. Operating from 4 degrees West specialist industry publication Space Intel Report says it has a backlog of orders worth some $209 million.
The satellite was launched in 2008 and is expected to be in service until about 2027.
One report suggests that it is also possible for the problem tracker to be brought back into service at a later date.