SJI Newswire T401 Failure

Telstar 401 Satellite Experiences Service Interruption

Telstar 401 satellite experienced an abrupt failure of its 
telemetry and communications this morning at 6:15 a.m. Eastern 
Standard Time affecting service for all customers.
AT&T immediately restored service for customers whose 
contracts called for transfer of their transponder service to 
Telstar 402R in the case of a service outage.
AT&T and Lockheed Martin, the manufacturer of the 
satellite, are working to determine the root cause of the failure 

and AT&T is attempting to restore the remaining customers' 
service.  In the meantime, AT&T is also working with customers to 

find alternative ways to transmit their programming according to 
the terms of their individual contracts.  This would include 
finding interim transponder capacity for them on other 

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