In Koreasat-3 saga, satellite communications sector resembles the Wild West

by Peter B. de Selding

PARIS — On Nov. 25, 2013, satellite fleet operator ABS, fearing that its purchase of the Koreasat-3 satellite was about to be revoked by the South Korean government, asked prime contractor Lockheed Martin to help it take control of the spacecraft, which was operated by its historical owner, Korea’s KT Sat.

The maneuver, which involved sending to the satellite more-powerful commands than those used by KT Sat, was successful: ABS now had the keys to Koreasat-3.

Using an International Telecommunication Union (ITU) registration under the name . . .

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