Telstar 14 Spacecraft Encounters Solar Array Problem
New York-based Loral Space & Communications [OTCBB: LRLSQ] announced that after its Jan. 10 launch, the Telstar 14/Estrela do Sul 1 communications satellite fully deployed its south solar array but only partially deployed its north solar array. Space Systems/Loral, the manufacturer of the satellite, is collecting data prior to taking corrective actions to complete deployment of the north array. Incomplete deployment of a solar array, if not corrected, reduces a satellite’s power. The satellite is insured for partial and total losses up to a maximum of $250 million.