by Karl Bode 08:17AM Wednesday Mar 14 2012 Tipped by viperadamr
Several users in our forums note that the recent round of solar flares managed to knock Hughesnet's Spaceway 3 satellite offline for a large chunk of yesterday. The outage primarily impacted the HughesNet SPACEWAY HN9000 service, which is predominately used for enterprise connectivity. Users in our forums note that the service had been offline since around 11 PM (EST) Monday night, but has now returned for most of the company's customers. HughesNet has confirmed that the outage was due to a "unplanned" solar storm.
said by NASA :On March 13, 2012, the sun erupted with an M7.9-class flare that peaked at 1:41 p.m. EDT. This flare was from the same active region, No. 1429, that has been producing flares and coronal mass ejections all week. That region has been moving across the face of the sun since March 2, and will soon rotate out of Earth view.
It'll be interesting to see how the increased activity of the sun will affect us in this new age where we are so dependent on technology. We get a direct hit by an emission, and it's possible power grids could be affected. I kind of have my doubts, as I'm sure there are some kind of fail-safes in place, but living on the east coast of the US doesn't make me feel super confident. -- Play DSLr Mafia: »Pub Games
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Didn't DishNework lose a satellite not to long ago? Obviously not dealing with a wired network has it's advantages, but having satellites "DIE" an early death is gonig to cost their insurance company bigtime.
I think they did at one time have insurance, but after ONE loss, that was the end of that as it is an unmanageable risk. One day the satellite will fail and an insurance company won't be able to make up the millions to make and launch a new one. Unless you have a $200k + premium each year..
The Sun doesn't but we do have satellites that closely monitor the Sun. In this case there where 3 CME's that hit the earth in the last several days the suprise was the back to back flares. -- I am quite sure now that often, very often, in matters concerning religion and politics a man's reasoning powers are not above the monkey's. - Mark Twain in Eruption
So your saying it's possible to have a "Planned Solar Flare" because by using unplanned in the article they imply that there is such a thing as a planned solar flare.
The only "article" with unplanned in it is Karl's, here. It appears he skimmed some of our posts in the satellite forums and failed to note that all of the solar stuff was rebuttable conjecture.
An official Hughes rep has now said "originally it (solar) appeared to be a contributing factor but turned out it wasn't." -- Motosat self-pointing dishes: 1.2-meter XF-3 on 127W, .74 meter G74 on 127W, SL-5 HD DirecTV|idirect 3100|Hughes HN7000S|Verizon UMW190 Air Card|1990 Blue Bird Wanderlodge Bus "Blue Thunder"|Author of hnFAP-Alert, PC-OPI and DSSatTool
So tell me Karl. where was this statement posted about Hughesnet confirming that the outage was due to a unplanned solar storm? once again posting assumptions and facts without any sources
Hughesnet confirmed that it was NOT solar related
dbirdman explains it well
quote:People in this thread are pushing all sorts of illogical and unlikely solutions. All of the available evidence appears to point to issues with the ground-based network, not the satellite. That evidence includes the ability of the satellite to communicate with both control and with user modems (to take them offline). That would not be possible if the satellite had major power or alignment issues.
Other evidence: non-fatal solar issues are transient, not lasting for the time involved here. The effect of a fatal issue is, well, fatal, and would not be recoverable except by the use of a backup satellite, which doesn't exist in this case.
and the first comments on this page will give you the real answer
Is Hughes a public company? If so they are probably downplaying the significance of forces over which they have no control, to keep the stock from falling. This is a spinoff of the company that lost a couple satellites to tin whiskers in a $5 relay.
I trust them more then I trust Karl's reporting. As I already mentioned, all the evidence points to ground based network failure. There wasn't even increased solar activity at the time of the outage. Another tidbit that Karl failed to mention
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