When satellite tilts out of orbit, pager service bumps distance learning

Classes were canceled for thousands of students who participate in distance learning programs when the guidance system aboard a U.S. satellite malfunctioned on May 19.

Galaxy 4, owned and operated by PanAmSat of Greenwich, Conn., tilted away from Earth at 6:13 EST, wiping out broadcasts across the country and proving how fragile wireless communications can be.

The loss of the

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