A satellite missed its orbit. The problem can be fixed but, believe it or not, Boeing has a patent on using the moon, i.e. gravity, to change a satellite’s orbit! The patent probably wouldn’t hold up in court but because of a different lawsuit Boeing is threatening to sue anyway if the firm uses the procedure. Since the costs of a lawsuit are high and the satellite is insured, down it may come.
As reported by Alex Tabarrok.
Wow, really does make you wonder sometimes. Not really decided either way on patents myself but this sounds wacky. Seriously.