A new solution is being sought to deal with Galaxy 15, a satellite which lost communication with ground control and began to drift following a solar flare, after an attempt to shut it down using 150,000-200,000 commands failed.
Fried satellites are not an unknown problem, but in an unprecedented scenario, Galaxy 15 continues operate at full power. The primary problem posed by the ´zombie´ satellite is not a collision but rather interference.
As the satellite drifts close to other geostationary satellites it may well ´steal´ signal and interrupt the operation of the second satellite. Galaxy 15 is projected to disrupt the operation of an SES satellite from May 23.