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Polar Broadband Mourns the Needless Destruction of Express AM4
Polar Broadband mourns the needless destruction of Express AM4 today. Repurposing Express AM4 represented possibly a once in a lifetime opportunity to further science, operations and safety in the Antarctic for the coming decade and beyond.
Neither of the rationales used for deorbiting Express AM4 - radiation dose received while stranded in its transfer orbit or risk of collision with other satellites - were applicable to our Antarctic mission orbit.
The deorbit of the Russian satellite Express AM4 is a tremendous loss to the entire international scientific community and most particularly, those personally conducting scientific research in the harsh and unforgiving environment of the Antarctic.
We want to sincerely thank so many supporters who helped rally behind our effort to repurpose Express AM4. While we are disappointed in this outcome, we hope that the attention brought by our proposal will cause satellite owners to think more carefully about repurposing assets in the future when similar circumstances arise.
Nevertheless, Polar Broadband Systems, Ltd. remains committed to to pursuing opportunities to bring 21st century broadband communications to the Earth's polar regions.
|Source: Polar Broadband Sunday, March 25, 2012|
Second Life for Doomed Satellite?
A Russian satellite on the brink of being de-orbited could still have a second life - as communications support for scientists in Antarctica. That's the idea of William Readdy and Dennis Wingo, co-founders of Polar Broadband Systems Ltd., a company created last December exclusively to repurpose the satellite for Antarctic broadband communications.
|Source: Science Now Friday, March 23, 2012|
Mission Possible: Recycling Space Junk into Antarctic Science Treasure
On August 18, 2011 the Express-AM4 satellite, built by Astrium for the Russian Satellite Communications Company (RSSC) was launched by a Proton rocket from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. The Briz M upper stage subsequently failed, placing the spacecraft into a 1,007 x 20,317 km altitude, in a 51.3 degree inclination orbit...
|Source: SpaceRef International Monday, March 19, 2012|
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