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DirecTV picks Space Systems/Loral for DirecTV 14

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by RAD, Jun 11, 2010.

  1. RAD

    RAD Well-Known Member

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    Press release at http://www.marketwatch.com/story/sp...te-to-directv-2010-06-11?reflink=MW_news_stmp

    So they've been building this new sat for a little while now, wonder when they're targeting a launch for it?

    (Mod edit: added the full press release content)
     
  2. Joe C

    Joe C Godfather

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    Did they skip Directv 13 ?
     
  3. RAD

    RAD Well-Known Member

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    Yep. They had an authorization to build one with the FCC but canceled it.
     
  4. RAD

    RAD Well-Known Member

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    After having Boeing build their last 5 Ka satellites and use them for RDBS testing I wonder why they went with Loral? Did they get a better price from Loral or a quicker delivery? We'll probably never know just curious why the switch of vendors?
     
  5. TBlazer07

    TBlazer07 Grumpy Grampy

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    What is "reverse DBS?" Is that when the customers charge DirecTV?
     
  6. RAD

    RAD Well-Known Member

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    IIRC it when they use the same frequency range that's used to uplink the progamming to the satellite for the downlink to the customer, up till now uplink and downlink were using two seperate frequency bands.
     
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    wmb Godfather

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  8. hdtvfan0001

    hdtvfan0001 Well-Known Member

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    Interesting that they are spreading around the contracts, as Boeing had their business for a number of years now.
     
  9. Stuart Sweet

    Stuart Sweet The Shadow Knows!

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    I believe you're right, and that beats my answer which was, "SBD."
     
  10. veryoldschool

    veryoldschool Lifetime Achiever Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

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    Oh god, another place I worked and was......
    Hope they manage this SAT better.
     
  11. RAD

    RAD Well-Known Member

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    Looks like Sixto will have job security tracking D14.
     
  12. trdrjeff

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    Sixto's vacation just came to a screeching halt lol
     
  13. hdtvfan0001

    hdtvfan0001 Well-Known Member

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    I prepped him for that next "phase" several months ago... :lol:

    Gives new meaning to a "grandfather clause"... :D
     
  14. doctor j

    doctor j Hall Of Fame DBSTalk Club

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    Boeing Spec sheet on D10/D11/D12 put beginning life Power at 18 KW.

    Thus 20 KW is 11% increase.
    ? More transponders?

    Doctor j
     
  15. hdtvfan0001

    hdtvfan0001 Well-Known Member

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    Saw that too...

    Big, better, stronger... :D

    It's the American way. ;):lol:
     
  16. Alan Gordon

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    Makes sense since it appears to be both a KA satellite and a BSS satellite.

    99° perhaps?!

    ~Alan
     
  17. LameLefty

    LameLefty I used to be a rocket scientist

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    Interesting choice. It could be based on price, but it might also be based on satellite bus availability. IIRC (and I might not - going from memory), SS/L has had some financial issues in the past that might have made them more willing to work with Directv on schedule and cost milestones.

    It will be interesting to see the rest of the technical documentation and see how things play out.
     
  18. RAD

    RAD Well-Known Member

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    You mean like going bankrupt:D


    IIRC when they were in bankrupty Dish/Echostar tried to get the bankruptcy judge to deliver a sat that they were building for DirecTV, could have been D9S or D8, saying they would pay more for it then DirecTV did, didn't happen though.
     
  19. woj027

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    from the SS/L site.

    http://www.ssloral.com/html/products/1300.html

    It looks like the 1300 could be spec'd to be as big as 25KW but DirecTV went with 20KW
    and could have
    "as few as 12 active transponders to as many as 150 transponders. "
     
  20. LameLefty

    LameLefty I used to be a rocket scientist

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    Yeah, something like that. :lol:
     

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