Got this in the E-Mail box this morning
Johann Lochner, ZR1CBC, reports that the FM Amateur Radio transponder on SO-67 is being temporarily suspended due to a probable radiation event.
On the AMSAT bulletin board he writes:
Last week the flash boot memory of a CAN controller on Sumbandila was corrupted by a probable radiation event. It does not affect satellite health but prevents activation of the amateur radio repeater, as the particular script detects an anomaly and aborts.
The same problem also occurred in October of 2009 and was corrected. However, the fix requires time consuming effort, which cannot be exerted immediately.
SO-67 repeater activations are therefore suspended. We apologize for any disappointment and hope to return to normal operations somewhere in January.
73 de ZR1CBC, Johann.
AMSAT Bulletin Board AMSAT-BB
Southern African Amateur Radio Satellite Association (SA AMSAT)