Ligado Networks has filed an insurance claim after suffering issues with one of its satellites.

First reported by SpaceIntelReport, Ligado Networks has declared its SkyTerra 1 mobile communications satellite a total loss and filed a $175 million insurance claim, according to industry officials. The company has confirmed the claim to DCD, but despite its issues and the claim, the satellite is still operational.

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Mobile Satellite Ventures (MSV) and Boeing announced plans for three satellites called MSV 1, 2, and SA, and associated ground systems in January 2006.

After several rebrands and a bankruptcy, MSV has been rebranded as Ligado Networks, and the satellites are now known as SkyTerra 1 and 2.

SkyTerra 1 – a 5,400 kg Boeing 702 – was launched in November 2010 with a 15-year lifespan; the dish antenna deployment initially failed but was eventually recovered. The satellite features L-band, Ku-band transponders.

“The SkyTerra 1 satellite experienced a sudden anomaly in April 2023, after which Ligado made the immediate adjustment and corrective actions in the reflector position to restore services to current customers,” the company told DCD.

“An extensive one-year investigation found that relative to the satellite’s original design specifications there was a measurable degradation in performance. As a result of the determined performance impact exceeding the insurance parameter thresholds under its policy, Ligado filed a claim.”

Despite the insurance claim, the satellite is continuing to service customers.

“Critically, Ligado’s corrective actions following the anomaly have stabilized service, and we continue to serve our existing customer base; and there is no impact on the expected useful life of SkyTerra 1,” Ligado said.

The news follows a bad year in terms of space insurance claims. Satellite failures from companies including SES, Viasat, Inmarsat, Astranis, and others pushed claims over the last 12 months to more than $1 billion.

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