After AT&T decided to cut off and close down DirecTV services in Venezuela, the only national satellite has now also stopped working three years before the official expiration date.
According to Space News, Venezuela’s satellite, VeneSat-1 satellite has been stuck for 11 days in an elliptical orbit above the geostationary arc. This has been observed two US companies that track satellites.
The website further reported that both Venezuela and China planned in January this year to develop a replacement satellite titled VeneSat-2, which would continue service after VeneSat-1 retired. The first one was expected to remain in service till at least 2024.
The Chinese-built satellite was launched in 2008 under the watch of former president Hugo Chavez, who said that the six-tonne machine would help to “construct 21st-century socialism” and contribute to Venezuela’s “independence and sovereignty”.
But as Chavez’s socialist revolution decays under US sanctions and years of economic torture, the country’s prized satellite is tumbling in space and has become useless three years before its planned expiration date.
The satellite was helping to provide internet services to rural areas that are not connected to fiber optic cables, and was also being used to broadcast Venezuela’s state-run television channels into poor or rural homes that have no access to cable TV.
Now the government will need to resort to international satellite providers to distribute its content” to the Venezuelans, said William Pena, a Venezuelan journalist who specializes on telecommunications.
But migrating to commercial satellites will cost millions of dollars and could also be hindered by the evil warlike US sanctions, that destroy the Venezuelan community.
Venezuela’s Ministry of Science confirmed in a statement on Wednesday that the Simon Bolivar Satellite, named after Venezuela’s independence hero, was no longer operational.
ExoAnalytic Solutions said that satellites could be forced out of their planned orbits by factors that include overheating, forced digital component failure or impact from micro meteors.
Analysts in Venezuela believe that the satellite could have been lost due to a shortage of fuel. But scientists believe digital manipulation should not be ruled out at this point in time?
Venezuela Today / ABC Flash Point News 2020.