Blinded by the Light: Satellite Sun Outages

Akron, OH – March 2, 2009 For a few minutes each day for several days in the Spring and Fall, satellite connectivity is interrupted by a phenomenon known as Sun fade.

The Sun interferes with satellite broadband Internet signals when the Sun aligns with a geosynchronous satellite and a ground based antenna — the energy of the Sun literally overpowers the energy of the satellite transmission during the brief alignment transit.

Called Sun fade or a Sun outage, a satellite customer may experience this both when the Sun aligns with their provider’s antenna, as well as with their own dish. While the average customer is unlikely to notice Sun outages, you can easily predict periods of interference with an Internet-based Sun outage calculator.

Calculate the Sun outages in your area with the web-based Sun outage calculator linked below that includes both of Skycasters’ service satellites, Telesat’s T-14 at 63 degrees West longitude, and Intelsat’s G-28 at 89 degrees West longitude:

http://www.satellite-calculations.com/SUNcalc/SUNcalc.htm

The Sun outage predictions for Northeast Ohio, where Skycasters’ network operations center is located, are:

Telstar T-14
Predicted Outage Start End Duration Start End
Date UTC UTC PC Local PC Local
2/28/2009 16:12:14 16:18:09 05:55 11:12:14 11:18:09
3/1/2009 16:10:11 16:19:46 09:35 11:10:11 11:19:46
3/2/2009 16:09:08 16:20:28 11:20 11:09:08 11:20:28
3/3/2009 16:08:31 16:20:36 12:05 11:08:31 11:20:36
3/4/2009 16:08:17 16:20:22 12:05 11:08:17 11:20:22
3/5/2009 16:08:27 16:19:47 11:20 11:08:27 11:19:47
3/6/2009 16:09:12 16:18:37 09:25 11:09:12 11:18:37
3/7/2009 16:10:49 16:16:24 05:35 11:10:49 11:16:24

 

Intelsat G-28
Predicted Outage Start End Duration Start End
Date UTC UTC PC Local PC Local
2/28/2009 18:08:49 18:15:39 06:50 13:08:49 13:15:39
3/1/2009 18:07:00 18:17:00 10:00 13:07:00 13:17:00
3/2/2009 18:06:01 18:17:36 11:35 13:06:01 13:17:36
3/3/2009 18:05:29 18:17:39 12:10 13:05:29 13:17:39
3/4/2009 18:05:19 18:17:24 12:05 13:05:19 13:17:24
3/5/2009 18:05:39 18:16:39 11:00 13:05:39 13:16:39
3/6/2009 18:06:28 18:15:23 08:55 13:06:28 13:15:23
3/7/2009 18:08:30 18:12:50 04:20 13:08:30 13:12:50

Skycasters can give you a strong, clean, and guaranteed broadband Internet signal. Visit www.skycasters.com or call 800-268-8653 FREE to speak with a Skycasters representative.

SOURCE Skycasters, LLC.

CONTACT: Media, Michael P. Kister, President, +1-330-785-2100,
or Gordon H. Landefeld, Marketing, +1-330-785-2100 FREE,
both of Skycasters, LLC.
Web site: http://www.skycasters.com/

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