Will a Rogue Satellite Disrupt the “Lost” Finale?

How are you feeling about the final season of “Lost?” If you’re unhappy with its direction, you may not be the only one. In fact, it seems like the very universe itself is feeling unhappy with the direction of the show: an out-of-control satellite is heading straight for another satellite that controls Cable television for much of the US. Should the two satellites collide, there is likely to be a cable disruption on May 23, the very day of the “Lost” finale.

A TV communications satellite is drifting out of control miles above the Earth, threatening to wander into another satellite’s orbit and interfere with cable programming across the United States, the satellites’ owners said Tuesday.

Communications company Intelsat said it lost control of the Galaxy 15 satellite on April 8, possibly because the satellite’s systems were knocked out by a solar storm. Intelsat cannot remotely steer the satellite to remain in its orbit, so Galaxy 15 is creeping toward the adjacent path of another TV communications satellite that serves U.S. cable companies. Galaxy 15 continues to receive and transmit satellite signals, and they will probably interfere with the second satellite, known as AMC 11, if Galaxy 15 drifts into its orbit as expected around May 23, according to AMC 11’s owner, SES World Skies.

AMC 11 receives digital programming from cable television channels and transmits it to all U.S. cable networks from its orbit 22,000 miles (36,000 kilometers) above the equator, SES World Skies said. It operates on the same frequencies as Galaxy 15.

“That fact means that there is likely to be some kind of interference,” SES World Skies spokesman Yves Feltes told The Associated Press. “Our aim is to bring any interference down to zero.”

No word on what this potential outage means for those planning to watch the show on broadcast television, Hulu, or those who have other things to do with their lives.

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J. Matthew Zoss

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