Telesat, Maxar have found a way around Telstar 19V battery-heating failures with no loss of service life or performance

by Peter B. de Selding

PARIS — Satellite fleet operator Telesat and satellite builder Maxar Technologies have figured out a way to compensate for the failure of battery heating pads on the Telstar 19 Vantage broadband satellite with a work-around that should assure nominal service for the satellite’s expected 15-year life.

Telesat notified investors of the issue in March of multiple battery support equipment failures and said that if the problem continued to spread it could prevent full T-19V operations during eclipse periods, with a combined duration of about three months . . .

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