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New coms satellite abandoned due to orbital patent

EreIamJH (180023) writes | more than 6 years ago

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EreIamJH (180023) writes "AMC-14, a commercial geostationary satellite launched last month, failed to reach its intended orbit. The owner wanted to shunt the satellite into a useful orbit by slingshoting it around the moon, but the plan (and the new satellite) was abandoned when Boeing claimed that it had a patent on that orbital manoeuvre."
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