Inmarsat satellite failure: what happened, and what if it happens again?

Brandon Long
Updated July 3 2023 - 10:30am, first published 8:00am
When British communications satellite Inmarsat I-4 F1 went offline at 7.14am AEST on April 17, it caused major problems for farmers. Picture Inmarsat
When British communications satellite Inmarsat I-4 F1 went offline at 7.14am AEST on April 17, it caused major problems for farmers. Picture Inmarsat

Like something out of a Hollywood film, the failure of a single satellite above PNG brought much of the multibillion dollar cropping sector on the east coast of Australia to a standstill in April.

Brandon Long

Brandon Long

Queensland Country Life journalist

Brandon Long is a Queensland Country Life journalist based in Toowoomba.

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