Dubai impound ships suspected in cable damage

Martin Hannigan hannigan at
Wed Apr 9 05:48:09 UTC 2008

On Tue, Apr 8, 2008 at 10:15 PM, Patrick Giagnocavo <patrick at> wrote:
>  Sean Donelan wrote:
> > Awesome, so could anyone buy a copy of the same images?  Which satellite
> > do you think happened to be taking images of the area with these ships
> near the time the cables were broken?  Which company is selling that set of
> images?
> >
>  Wouldn't it be reasonable that, when the break occurred, they used their
> optical time domain reflectometer to compute the approximate location of the
> break, and then just called around for whoever had the best images, or who
> could quickly task the satellite to get an image?

Cable systems have these capabilities built in. In fact, before the
full break occurred they were highly likely to be receiving event data
indicating that there were problems occurring based on the movement of
the cable.


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