A DirecTV satellite is at risk of explosion due to battery issues

  • Today in attention-grabbing headlines: DirecTV's satellite is at risk of explosion. Yes, you heard that right: the provider has one month to remove its Spaceway-1 satellite from geostationary orbit, to avoid the risk of exploding and taking down OTHER telecom satellites with it. The satellite, a Boeing 702 model, has been having battery issues, which started manifesting back in December. According to SpaceNews, DirectTV said in an FCC filing earlier this week that an anomaly caused "significant and irreversible thermal damage" to the satellite's business.
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Comments • 21

  • Brandon Bajc
    Brandon Bajc 2 months ago

    I have DirecTV and it was cutting out randomly and having to "re establish communication with the satellite" a couple times last week, I wonder if this was the cause.

  • vitoduval
    vitoduval 2 months ago

    Old satellite

  • Kevin McCaughan
    Kevin McCaughan 2 months ago

    Typical for this company.

  • ItsMe NoName
    ItsMe NoName 2 months ago

    so what? tv doesn't need them to function. and besides that.....who watches tv in 2020 anyway?!
    so who gives a fook !

    • Brandon Chutt
      Brandon Chutt 2 months ago

      Direct TV: they think I'm toast but I'm still the bread

  • Tech Nerd
    Tech Nerd 2 months ago +1

    Exploding Samsung batteries again? 😄 Maybe they should just bring it down on top of AT&T's headquarters 💥

  • Noxmiles
    Noxmiles 2 months ago

    That ... Voice ...

  • Ozzy Safa
    Ozzy Safa 2 months ago +10

    How ironic the backup satellite was the one that needed backing up..

  • Tony_Tyga
    Tony_Tyga 2 months ago

    Ok but the real question is will service be disturbed?

  • dansu92833
    dansu92833 2 months ago

    By the way, see you in space, space trashes.

  • dansu92833
    dansu92833 2 months ago

    Mad in China!? Not so surprised.

  • Paul Thompson
    Paul Thompson 2 months ago +1

    Great, at this rate we'll have enough space junk by the time we have to leave earth from pollution, that we won't be able to live there either.

    • ItsMe NoName
      ItsMe NoName 2 months ago

      what space junk. all that junk they say...thousands and thousands of pieces of trash.... and never ever anything happens. why dont we see any of that junk on live videos or real pictures? think about it

    • David Henderson
      David Henderson 2 months ago

      Well if they collect enough of it they could use it to build another space station.

  • Christopher Padilla
    Christopher Padilla 2 months ago +1

    This would be possible if space existed.

    • Clarkzero
      Clarkzero 2 months ago +1

      ok flatard

    • Joe Horn
      Joe Horn 2 months ago +1

      But it does.

    • Boaty Mc Boatface
      Boaty Mc Boatface 2 months ago +1

      @Christopher Padilla oh and just to be clear '42' the answer to life universe and everything!😂

    • Boaty Mc Boatface
      Boaty Mc Boatface 2 months ago +1

      @Christopher Padilla what has that to do with the price of fish? I am, however, a mod for both Reds Rhetoric and Team Skeptic. Again, so what?

    • yoryiop
      yoryiop 2 months ago

      @Christopher Padilla hi

    MUMOD BIOS 2 months ago

    Cut the cable... off that butt ugly dish on your roof... Never look back...

  • Bryan Pascual
    Bryan Pascual 2 months ago +1

    The satellite could be equipped with O-MCAS (orbital maneuvering characteristics augmentation system) and it will purposely crash down after power failure

  • ILostMyAccuracy
    ILostMyAccuracy 2 months ago +9

    Maybe they should televise it.

  • Al Wa 王八 王八蛋 Winnie D pooh

    Boeing is the next GE.

  • rhn94
    rhn94 2 months ago +17

    All long term satellites should have enough fuel to deorbit, not just enough fuel to go into a "junkyard orbit"

    • ItsMe NoName
      ItsMe NoName 2 months ago

      show me some pics or your claims and not cgi

  • himano loganor
    himano loganor 2 months ago

    boeing made in china...

  • Huey Dough
    Huey Dough 2 months ago +13


  • AlphaMax
    AlphaMax 2 months ago +3

    Who even has cable tv anyways?

    • Paul Thompson
      Paul Thompson 2 months ago +5

      You know DirecTV isn't cable, it's satellite TV and Internet right?

    • Big Tuna
      Big Tuna 2 months ago +2

      Enough for them to still be in business.

  • A Google User
    A Google User 2 months ago +1

    Damn Samsung batteries