by Caleb Henry —
WASHINGTON — Satellite operator SES says it has regained the ability to communicate with AMC-9, a 14-year old satellite in the company’s fleet that stopped listening to commands June 17, but that the satellite continues to list westward from its geosynchronous orbital slot.
In a statement provided to SpaceNews July 2, Luxembourg-based SES said that two pieces of debris have also been spotted in the satellite’s vicinity. SES said it has not concluded yet if the objects broke off from AMC-9.
U.S. Air Force’s Joint Space Operations Center and ExoAnalytic Solutions, a commercial space situational awareness company with a network of more than 150 ground-based telescopes, are both monitoring the satellite, SES said. The operator turned off the satellite’s payload shortly after discovering the anomaly in June and has since transferred the majority of customers using the satellite to other SES spacecraft.