Venezuelan communications satellite out of service

The Simon Bolivar communications satellite was launched in 2008 during the presidency of late Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez (1999-2013)

Venezuela’s first communications satellite, launched in 2008, is out of service due to a systems failure, the country’s government said Wednesday.

“Due to a failure, the Simon Bolivar satellite is no longer working for communication,” said the science and technology minister in a statement, without giving further details.
On Monday, the US-based news site Space News reported that VeneSat1—the satellite’s other name—”has been stuck for 10 days in an elliptical orbit,” after a “series of maneuvers left it tumbling in an unusable orbit.”
According to the Bolivarian Agency for Space Activities, the satellite was used to transmit certain television signals, as…

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