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Rogue Satellite Shuts Down US Weather Services

CmdrTaco posted more than 3 years ago | from the ambush-backstab-vanish dept.

Space 202

radioweather writes "On Sunday, the drifting rogue 'zombie' Galaxy 15 satellite with a stuck transmitter interfered with the satellite data distribution system used by NOAA's National Weather Service (NWS), effectively shutting down data sharing between NWS offices nationwide, as well as weather support groups for the US Air force. This left many forecasters without data, imagery, and maps. Interference from Galaxy 15 affected transmissions of the SES-1 Satellite, which not only serves NOAA with data relay services, but also is used to feed TV programming into virtually every cable network in the US. NOAA's Network Control Facility reports that the computer system affected was NOAA's Advanced Weather Interactive Processing System (AWIPS) used to issue forecasts and weather bulletins which uses the weather data feed. They also state the problem is likely to recur again this month before the satellite drifts out of range and eventually dies due to battery depletion."

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A red satellite?!? (5, Funny)

elrous0 (869638) | more than 3 years ago | (#34475430)

Goddamn Commies finally attacked! To your bunkers, citizens!

Re:A red satellite?!? (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34476150)

Rouges are red, violets are blue, and rogue is spelled with e after u!

Re:A red satellite?!? (1)

Physicser (1104279) | more than 3 years ago | (#34476366)

Rouges are red, violets are blue, and rogue is spelled with g before u!

There. Fixed that for you.

Re:A red satellite?!? (1)

rwa2 (4391) | more than 3 years ago | (#34476640)

I think we're just trying to pass a hint to China that they really want to bring it down for their next intercept test. ;-)

Rouge eh? (5, Funny)

richy freeway (623503) | more than 3 years ago | (#34475432)

They're putting makeup on satellites now?

Re:Rouge eh? (3, Funny)

Bigjeff5 (1143585) | more than 3 years ago | (#34475538)

No, no, no, you've got it all wrong!

The satellite is the makeup!

A bit of rouge satellite goes extremely well with some eyeliner asteroid, and you'll want to round them out with a nice, light, gamma burst lipstick to bring it all together.

Doesn't the solar system look so pretty now?

Re:Rouge eh? (2)

Annirak (181684) | more than 3 years ago | (#34475728)

No no, it's a reference to Diablo, where the rogues wore red clothing, so everyone called them rouge!

Re:Rouge eh? (5, Funny)

theantipop (803016) | more than 3 years ago | (#34475758)

Everyone who plays WoW knows rouges are overpowdered.

Re:Rouge eh? (1)

s4ndm4n (1361751) | more than 3 years ago | (#34476076)

Everyone who plays WoW knows rouges are overpowdered.

OMFG! If I was drinking something I would have had liquid coming out my nose! And I might add playED wow, in my case.

Re:Rouge eh? (1)

OverlordQ (264228) | more than 3 years ago | (#34476036)

All kidding aside it's easy to get them confused (imo).

Rouge is spelled as one pronounces Rogue, rohg. Rou (roh) ge (g).

Re:Rouge eh? (1)

bhcompy (1877290) | more than 3 years ago | (#34476206)

Actually, that would be r-ow-g. ou, as in shout

Re:Rouge eh? (1)

OverlordQ (264228) | more than 3 years ago | (#34476294)

No?

The IPA for Rogue is ro<small upsilon>g r-o<small upsilon>-g The o<small upsilon> is pronrounced like owe, road, below. Given this, if you heard Rogue, you'd think Rouge.

Re:Rouge eh? (1)

Gizzmonic (412910) | more than 3 years ago | (#34476604)

Given this, if you heard Rogue, you'd think Rouge.

Actually: no, no I wouldn't. But thanks for playing.

Re:Rouge eh? (1)

OverlordQ (264228) | more than 3 years ago | (#34476768)

Actually: no, no I wouldn't. But thanks for playing

One person is not a valid sample size. Insert coin to continue.

Re:Rouge eh? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34476630)

It is? Not in North America, pal!

Rouge = rooje

Rogue = Row-Guh

Re:Rouge eh? (1)

MonChrMe (1849782) | more than 3 years ago | (#34476638)

Rogue -> Ro(w) + Gue(ss).

Rouge -> Rou(lette) + (ca)ge

I never seem to have any problems with them... but that could be a Brit thing. Divided by a common language and all that. :)

Rouge satellite (5, Funny)

ZaphDingbat (451843) | more than 3 years ago | (#34475456)

Bet their faces are red about this one.

Re:Rouge satellite (5, Funny)

Monkeedude1212 (1560403) | more than 3 years ago | (#34475482)

Looks like we caught CmdrTaco Red Handed not proof reading his postings.

Re:Rouge satellite (2)

vxice (1690200) | more than 3 years ago | (#34475568)

Just leave him alone, he never gets any breaks. Whenever he posts a mistake everyone justs jumps all over it. Haven't you ever made a misprint, why can't we just leave him alone. /end Brittany Spears defender screaming.

Re:Rouge satellite (1)

jovius (974690) | more than 3 years ago | (#34475998)

Without mistakes there isn't perfection.

Re:Rouge satellite (1)

Monkeedude1212 (1560403) | more than 3 years ago | (#34476172)

Ah, the old "flip side of the coin". It's actually sillly logic. You can have perfection without mistakes. That would in fact be the definition of perfection. Saying "You can't have one without its opposite" is possibly the worst argument you can stand your basis on.

It's about as silly as saying "There has to be aliens on the moon because you can't have not aliens without aliens".

I know you're probably trying to sound a bit philosophical - how could we possibly know what perfection is without a reference to imperfection - from a practical standpoint, we've seen more than enough and perfection should now be much easier to achieve. We have our reference points set. Perfection should be the goal.

Re:Rouge satellite (1)

Chapter80 (926879) | more than 3 years ago | (#34476224)

Without mistakes there isn't perfection.

Concise in it's message, thought provoking, and their's no way to dispute it, to.

Re:Rouge satellite (1)

rwa2 (4391) | more than 3 years ago | (#34476592)

Without mistakes there isn't perfection.

Counterpoint: Without mistakes there is perfection.

Yet both statements are perfectly true. Thanks for gracing us with this little logic bomb... I shall now explode in a poof of logical inconsistency.

Re:Rouge satellite (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34475686)

Actually, he was red handed because he chose masturbation over his editorial duties.

Re:Rouge satellite (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34476664)

Well maybe he's making "mistakes" on purpose to get more hits, posts etc.

That's a joke right? (1)

oldmac31310 (1845668) | more than 3 years ago | (#34475506)

That's an intentional misspelling of the word for humourous effect, right? Right? Unbelievable!

Re:That's a joke right? (1)

squiggleslash (241428) | more than 3 years ago | (#34475580)

They could at least have made the headline "Rediculous Rouge Satellite Shuts Down US Weather Service Boxen".

Re:That's a joke right? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34475776)

No no no! "Rediculous Rouge Satellite should of shut down us weather service boxen with virii"

Luke SkyPrancer - Leader of Rouge Squadron (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34475508)

lol, worse every day.

Re:Luke SkyPrancer - Leader of Rouge Squadron (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34475996)

Agree. http://www.gistgames.com

Nice (4, Funny)

multipartmixed (163409) | more than 3 years ago | (#34475524)

Just wait until next week when a mascara satellite knocks out the GPS network!

Re:Nice (5, Funny)

Massacrifice (249974) | more than 3 years ago | (#34475574)

Just wait until next week when a mascara satellite lashes out at the GPS network!

FTFY

Re:Nice (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34475732)

Why don't they just ask the chinese to shoot it down?

Re:Nice (1)

magarity (164372) | more than 3 years ago | (#34476160)

Why ask the Chinese? The USAF has missiles to knock out satellites. They tested one by blowing up a perfectly good solar research satellite a few years ago.

Re:Nice (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34476680)

Those missiles were for Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellites. Getting something out to geosynchronous orbit, even a small missile warhead takes a lot more fuel that those can carry.

Spelling (2, Informative)

Norin Radd (68370) | more than 3 years ago | (#34475558)

Rogue, not rouge. It's not wearing makeup.

Re:Spelling (-1, Flamebait)

hedwards (940851) | more than 3 years ago | (#34475640)

So, Ms. Palins book might really have been intended as "Going rouge"? Which would probably be a more apt title considering how she came to be the Republican VP candidate.

Hasn't anyone called? (3, Funny)

jbeaupre (752124) | more than 3 years ago | (#34475582)

Hasn't anyone called Technora yet? Space Debris Section should have been tasked to retrieve Galaxy 15 long ago.

Re:Hasn't anyone called? (1)

David_W (35680) | more than 3 years ago | (#34476708)

Space Debris Section should have been tasked to retrieve Galaxy 15 long ago.

Sorry, it'll be another 60 years or so before Half Section is operational.

By the same author (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34475602)

who ghost wrote Sarah Palin's book "Going Rouge"

Rogue satellite (1)

tverbeek (457094) | more than 3 years ago | (#34475618)

Doesn't anybody want to comment about the rogue satellite?

Re:Rogue satellite (1)

LordEd (840443) | more than 3 years ago | (#34475836)

I could comment about it until I'm red in the face, but I'm not sure if anybody will listen until the spelling is corrected.

Let the record show... (3, Interesting)

gman003 (1693318) | more than 3 years ago | (#34475620)

Let the record show that the first eight comments were entirely devoted to pointing out a common typo in the headline, and that every response to those comments so far has been directly related to said typo. Let it not be said that Slashdot cares not for the Queen's English.

Re:Let the record show... (1)

deapbluesea (1842210) | more than 3 years ago | (#34475768)

What, you expected this crowd to debate a topic on its merits? For shame! Most of us don't even read the article!

Re:Let the record show... (2)

thePowerOfGrayskull (905905) | more than 3 years ago | (#34475956)

Let it not be said that Slashdot cares not for the Queen's English.

Double-negatives, though... now that's another matter entirely.

Re:Let the record show... (1)

dzfoo (772245) | more than 3 years ago | (#34476086)

Let the record show that yours is the ninth in a series of comments entirely devoted to pointing out a common typo in the headline.

This one makes it ten.

          -dZ.

stay on target, stay on target (2)

circletimessquare (444983) | more than 3 years ago | (#34475746)

Rouge Two: [the Y-wings are running the gauntlet toward the Death Star reactor-port] The guns - they've stopped!
Rouge Five: [realizes why] Stabilize your rear deflectors... Watch for enemy fighters.
Rouge Leader: They're coming in! Three marks at 2-10!
[Rouge Two is slain by Darth Vader and his wingmen; Rouge Leader starts to panic]
Rouge Leader: It's no good, I can't maneuver!
Rouge Five: Stay on target.
Rouge Leader: *We're too close!*
Rouge Five: Stay on target!
Rouge Leader: [shouts] Loosen up!
[he too is picked off by Vader and Company; Rouge Five tries to escape but is fatally winged]
Rouge Five: Rouge Five to Red leader, lost Tiree, lost Dutch.
Red Leader: I copy, Rouge Leader.
Rouge Five: It came from... behind!

49ers Packers game affected (2)

astern (1823792) | more than 3 years ago | (#34475754)

Knowing the machinations behind the NFL on FOX broadcasts (double redundancy -everywhere-) I was surprised when the game dropped out and returned in 4:3 SD on Sunday, now I know they must've lost their uplink.

Orbiting space trash is here to stay (1, Troll)

denis-The-menace (471988) | more than 3 years ago | (#34475782)

Orbiting space trash is here to stay.

There will no money in collecting 10,000 MPH space trash until someone it sued because they didn't clean it up. Humans (or Ferengi) do nothing unless there is profit.

What's with the "editing" today? (3, Insightful)

texwtf (558874) | more than 3 years ago | (#34475840)

Rouge satellites?

Are the slashdot editors drunk? This is only the latest of several simple grammatical and spelling errors in the summaries today.

No TV? revolution in America! (1)

fantomas (94850) | more than 3 years ago | (#34475954)

I am sure the US public will get by without weather reports but affecting tv programming? does this mean NO TV?! I predict a riot. Maybe even a revolution. This could bring down the USA!

I hate those damn red satellites. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34475964)

Filter error: You can type more than that for your comment.

But where's the conspiracy? (1)

HungryMonkey (1887382) | more than 3 years ago | (#34476014)

Rogue, or a test of satellite jamming capabilities? No amount of software/hardware security will help if you just have to float a satellite with a 'stuck transmitter' on over.

Let's Get This Straight. (1)

tetrahedrassface (675645) | more than 3 years ago | (#34476018)

This is a "runaway" wearing rouge? A zombie runaway too? So a zombified runaway is going down the orbital highway [space.com] wearing too much makeup, or is the headline incorrect?

I am so confused!

Kids these days!!

zomg Zombie satellites??? (2)

GodfatherofSoul (174979) | more than 3 years ago | (#34476068)

Are they slowly lumbering into different orbits and gnawing on the CPUs of any live satellites they can find?

so the zombie apocalypse starts in space... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34476080)

didn't see that one coming.

Not exactly what happened (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34476126)

The possible Galaxy 15 interference isn't expected until 12/12 to 12/18. In anticipation of the interference, the contractor that maintains the SES-1 satellite for the National Weather Service adjusted the signal's power levels early Friday, resulting in data slow downs and sporadic missed messages. After resolving the power level problems Saturday, signal problems reappeared on Sunday. It was determined that interference from another instrument on the same satellite was causing the signal degradation. The signal was switched to an alternate frequency (which is when the author stopped receiving data). The source of the interference was found and fixed by mid-day Monday. Current National Weather Service admin messages can be found here: http://weather.noaa.gov/tgstatus/

When will we have weather again? (2)

erroneus (253617) | more than 3 years ago | (#34476152)

I was beginning to wonder why it hasn't snowed here yet despite that there seems to be ample moisture and below freezing temperatures. I guess this explains it.

Why not use the X-37B (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34476220)

Perhaps the USAF should use their spiffy new drone shuttle to capture/destroy/repair this poor little misguided satellite . Seems like a good demonstration case to me.

Re:Why not use the X-37B (4, Insightful)

onkelonkel (560274) | more than 3 years ago | (#34476416)

The X-37B operates in low earth orbit about 200 miles up. The satellite is in Geosynchronous orbit at about 22,000 miles up. How do you get the X-37B to where the satellite is?

Re:Why not use the X-37B (1)

Darth_brooks (180756) | more than 3 years ago | (#34476474)

There's a significant difference between LEO (where the shuttle, ISS, X-37, and the majority of manned spaceflight has taken place) and Geosynchronous orbit. About 35,500km difference actually.

Rouge? What is this reddit? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34476284)

Sorry, I'm late to this slashdot article and all the good jokes about the misspelling in the article's title have already been done.

---------
T.Dzubin

The real reason it still has power.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34476292)

Those Energizers keep going, and going, and going, and going, and going....

DirecTV affected? (1)

rthille (8526) | more than 3 years ago | (#34476296)

Interesting. The data download on my ancient DirecTivo stopped yesterday or Sunday. It reports one receiver getting 89% and the other 0%. I figured it was the Tivo going bad (it's been rebooting itself a lot lately), but maybe it's the satellite.

Re:DirecTV affected? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34476620)

Wrong orbital slot, wrong band. But close; AMC-1 is @ 103W, DirecTV is 101W however DirecTV is Ku, not C band.

Layman's explaination (3, Funny)

sjames (1099) | more than 3 years ago | (#34476414)

We start with the uplink properly paying attention to it's mate in orbit and all is well. Then this painted strumpet comes sauntering by and the uplink's attention wanders. This is naturally followed by the slap to the cheek. It takes a few minutes to re-align after that.

Intelsat is powerless to do anything about this cosmic red light district.

Humm (1)

n_djinn (1883738) | more than 3 years ago | (#34476494)

That is a heck of a weak link in the chain. No redundancy? I had better go RTFA soI know if the weather channel will survive this datapocolipse.

Oh for god's sake. Iliterate headlines now????? (2)

Maxo-Texas (864189) | more than 3 years ago | (#34476562)

If people want to casually post loose, rouge, etc. I'm willing to let it slide.

But having it in a headline just makes slashdot look pathetic.

Are there no editors, are they illiterate, or do they just not care?

Perhaps, for redundancy... (1)

slk (2510) | more than 3 years ago | (#34476590)

They could use this wonderful network of tubes that we can shove bits through called the Internet. There's plenty of bandwidth to stream high-def TV, weather images, etc; in fact, it's done every day. The satellite network no doubt serves as an important link, but you would think that fiber optics work in a pinch. (note that this is not a weather data gathering satellite, just a weather relay)

"rouge"? (1)

rbrome (175029) | more than 3 years ago | (#34476600)

Why do I care about the color of the satell... oh, you meant "rogue". Kinda hilarious typo.

Just shoot it down already ! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34476624)

Time to have the US Air Force shoot this bastard down... They have the weapon for this (ASAT missile, fired from an F-15). How much more trouble will they allow this bastard to cause ?

So *that's* what that was... (2)

ryanvm (247662) | more than 3 years ago | (#34476694)

This is personally amusing to me because I spent half of Sunday trying to track down reports of my Android Live Wallpaper app not working properly. I guess in hindsight, it's pretty cool. I mean, it's not often that you get to lament that a rogue satellite ruined your afternoon.

Oh, and in case you were wondering why I didn't take the opportunity to shamlessly plug my app.

http://www.appidio.com/apps/radar-wallpaper/ [appidio.com]

It's a live wallpaper for Android phones that shows the nearest NWS radar imagery.

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