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D10 Satellite TECH THREAD - HD Testing Schedule / Press Releases / Location

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by Sixto, Jul 6, 2007.

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  1. Aug 8, 2007 #521 of 2718
    MIAMI1683

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    You guys rock on this. I have read this thread everyday and the info is tremendous. thanks again.
     
  2. Aug 9, 2007 #522 of 2718
    PoitNarf

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    Are we there yet? :lol:
     
  3. Aug 9, 2007 #523 of 2718
    Tom Robertson

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    VeniceDre is correct, but there was quite a bit of confusion from the launch calendars as to which was being launched from where/when. The calendars did not change because of the engine failure aboard Sea Launch, but the calendars did come to agreement.

    Cheers,
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  4. Aug 9, 2007 #524 of 2718
    Tom Robertson

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    The transponders are used in pairs for national beams and there will be 14 national transponders.

    We will not see new satellites, but the two satellite maps at 99° and 103° will suddenly be complete with few or no N/A's showing.

    And the firmware in the receivers should not have to change. The receivers will be told that new transponders are available to test with new channel assignments for the new channels as they are turned up.

    Cheers,
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  5. Aug 9, 2007 #525 of 2718
    sat2631

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    I would think channel 499 would be the first that is seen. Then they could get feedback on how everyone is receiving it and check if the BBC is working. Maybe on Saturday.
     
  6. Aug 9, 2007 #526 of 2718
    Jeremy W

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    Not a chance.
     
  7. Aug 9, 2007 #527 of 2718
    donshan

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    Thanks Lefty!. Maybe n2yo.com is monitoring this thread as they were quite misleading posting old data just with a new date every hour! Anyway I just checked them again and they have the same TLE data you posted now being used ( I bet they copied it from you :) :

    With that TLE at 10:38 PM PDT, they have D10 at longitude - 102.74 , Latitude 0.02, altitude 35604.66km ( 22074.88mi) and speed 111.71 km/h69.29 mi/h)

    This is looking like they will be ready by Friday!
    Edit update: watched a bit more and it is drifting East and at 10:55 PM PDT Longitude is -102.69. The test slot is to be near -102.6 I believe.
     
  8. Aug 9, 2007 #528 of 2718
    EaglePC

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    is the sat home to rest yet
     
  9. Aug 9, 2007 #529 of 2718
    donshan

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    Not yet. Let's see what Lefty comes up with Thursday (tomorrow).
     
  10. Aug 9, 2007 #530 of 2718
    Dolly

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    This reminds me of what young children say on trips--"Are we there yet?" :lol:
     
  11. Aug 9, 2007 #531 of 2718
    betterdan

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    It also reminds me of another thing children say on trips-- "I gotta pee!"
     
  12. Aug 9, 2007 #532 of 2718
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    Sixto started this thread on the launch date of 06-July [just over a month ago] and look how many views! Over 58,500 in like 34 days! :D This has to be a new world record, no? :lol:

    I think we can see where all the interest is presently at dbstalk :)

    So when this baby is fired up, I guess we move to D11? :lol:

    Cheers,
    John
     
  13. Aug 9, 2007 #533 of 2718
    LameLefty

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    Nothing new yet this morning from NORAD. I suspect we missed a maneuver or two yesterday and/or overnight since the orbital elements were last calculated, but I will monitor Space-Track throughout the day until they issue new ones.
     
  14. Aug 9, 2007 #534 of 2718
    Steve Robertson

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    Thanks for all the updates you are doing a great job.
     
  15. Aug 9, 2007 #535 of 2718
    donshan

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    I too want to thank you for explaining a complex subject that was totally new to me. Well done!:)
     
  16. Aug 9, 2007 #536 of 2718
    donshan

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    Yup! However the answer is that "this is just the second leg of a long trip and, we are not there yet!".

    Some very important milestones are still ahead before we get our HD pictures, such as "does this bird power up without any problems?"
     
  17. Aug 9, 2007 #537 of 2718
    LameLefty

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    Okay - update time. New TLE's today:

    DIRECTV 10
    1 31862U 07032A 07221.12453447 -.00000096 00000-0 10000-3 0 490
    2 31862 000.1479 284.0825 0049829 023.7273 312.8653 01.00079126 02

    As I type, D10 is at 101.3 and drifting VERRRRRY slowly west. I'm sure there will be more small maneuvers today before the elements are updated again.
     
  18. Aug 9, 2007 #538 of 2718
    Dolly

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    Oh please don't even think about that :nono2: Can you image what that would be like? It is probably D's biggest nightmare right now :girlscrea And BTW a big thanks to LameLefty for all his hard work on this :sunsmile:
     
  19. Aug 9, 2007 #539 of 2718
    M3 Pete

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    Considering we have been promised more HD channels for the last three years, and I've given D* almost $400 during that time for the privilege of having only a handful of HD channels, I'd say that most of us are very anxious to see where we are at with the new stuff. Especially considering a bunch of us recently got our MPEG4 receivers and 5 LNB dishes, we want to see the payoff!

    I check this thread several times a day. Since I rarely have anything to add, I just lurk. But I thank everyone for their contributions, this thread really helps satisfy my curiosity as to the question: "Are we there yet?" :D

    Or as I used to say as a little kid: "How longer?"
     
  20. Aug 9, 2007 #540 of 2718
    Ken984

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    Bossier...
    This is current as of Lefty's last TLE calculated at 12:30 pm CDT. Its moving West and slightly South of the equator.

    1DIRECTV 10
    Lon 101.6996° W
    Lat 0.0220° S
    Alt (km) 36 048.850
    Azm 194.5°
    Elv 51.3°
    RA 07h 49m 57s
    Decl -5° 15' 17"
    Range (km) 37 256.773
    RRt (km/s) 0.004
    Vel (km/s) 3.058
    Direction Descending
    Eclipse No
    MA (phase) 170.7° (121)
    TA 170.8°
    Orbit # 1
    Mag (illum) ? (5%)
    Constellation Mon
     
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