A “problem” found recently in orbit with Hispasat’s Amazonas 4A communications satellite has cost manufacturer Orbital Sciences Corp. tens of millions of dollars in first-quarter 2014 charges, executives said April 17. David Thompson, Orbital chairman and chief executive, said a partial electrical system failure was experienced earlier this month. It cannot be fixed, so the “anomaly” likely will impede the geosynchronous satellite’s transponder capability ...


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