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Satellite Failure Interrupts UPI Broadcast News

October 14, 1991

WASHINGTON (AP) _ A satellite failure interrupted movement of broadcast news by United Press International Monday, but officials said the satellite was expected to be back in service by the day’s end.

Barbara Foelber, a spokesman for GTE Spacenet, said the satellite, Spacenet 4, experienced a hardware component failure during the early morning that affected the craft’s attitude control system.

″Recovery techniques are going on,″ Ms. Foelber said. ″We have not lost communication with the satellite. We expect to have it fully operational by late this evening.″

UPI editor Al Rossiter Jr. said the failure temporarily halted delivery of news to most, but not all, of the news service’s domestic broadcast clients. He said it also affected UPI’s report to some newspapers.

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