Envisat Now Space Junk? “Contact To Satellite Suddenly Interrupted” Since Sunday

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There’s a lot of commotion about Envisat and it’s sea level measurements, which suddenly showed a mysterious surge, contradicting earlier measurements.

Well, the German CO2 Handel here now reports that Envisat has stopped sending data. “Contact With Environmental Satellite Interrupted“. There’s apparently has been a malfunction. CO2 Handel writes:

Europe’s largest Earth monitoring satellite «Envisat» has suddenly stopped sending data to Earth after being in service 10 years. Contact has been interrupted, the European space agency Esa reported in Paris on Thursday.”

The last contact was made on last Sunday. Envisat, a climate and environment measuring satellite, was launched by an Ariane-5 rocket in 2002. ESA hopes to keep the satellite operating until 2014, even though it was originally planned to operate only up to 2007.

German daily Die Zeit reports the same, that the satellite is no longer transmitting, published 2 hours ago. Spiegel, FOCUS and others report same.

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8 responses to “Envisat Now Space Junk? “Contact To Satellite Suddenly Interrupted” Since Sunday”

  1. Edward.

    Huh, more space junk and talking of EU junk…….

    http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-04-12/premium-for-2013-carbon-credits-narrows-to-least-in-four-months.html

    ETS down the ‘c**pp*r’? Oh dear.

    End sarc’.

    1. DirkH

      Related: Vestas, Danish wind turbine maker, has a few days ago broken through the 7 EUR barrier and trades at all time low levels of 6.80. P/E ratio is high but obviously traders see a grim future for EU green energy dreams.
      http://www.comdirect.de/inf/aktien/detail/uebersicht.html?ID_NOTATION=4002050

      1. Edward.

        Consistent and heading down – it’s all good.

  2. Brian G Valentine

    Die ist eine Schande!

    I guess we’ll have to let them continue to make up their own data ad libitem, as they have been doing anyway.

  3. Bernd Felsche

    End-of-warranty?

  4. DirkH

    My theories:
    a) The satellite became too inconvenient. Rott pulled the switch.
    b) They never actually started a satellite.
    c) The electronics have become self-aware and refuse to collaborate further with its warmist masters (judgment day style).
    d) This coincides with the Iron Sky theatre release. Iron Sky is in fact a prophecy, not fiction.

    1. Casper

      A conspiracy theory-Hide the Decline? It’s quite possible to me 😉

  5. DirkH

    Confirmation via WUWT that ESA is begging for money.

    http://wattsupwiththat.com/2012/04/12/envisats-satellite-failure-launches-mysteries/#comment-954721
    HR says:
    April 12, 2012 at 7:32 pm
    “8th April. The bbc report the follow on satellite to ENVISAT, called SENTINEL 1a, might be mothballed because of EAS funding doubts in cash-strapped EU.
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-17050547

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