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SixtoReport: D12 Satellite Info in Post#1 - Live!

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by Sixto, Jul 27, 2008.

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  1. Nov 6, 2009 #541 of 10270
    Sixto

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    Conflicting reports.

    Some we can quote, some we can't.

    Some still say Q4, others say 2010.

    Will not know for sure until an official announcement, which may not occur until after the W7 launch, when hopefully we should see who's next.
     
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    Sixto

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    cdhinch

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    I think the keyword to look at here is "Operational". A launch in December or January wouldn't be operational immediately. It would take anywhere from a couple of weeks to a couple of months to become operational, depending on what testing has to be done. I don't see anywhere in that statement that would indicate the launch being pushed back.
     
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    hdtvfan0001

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    Yes - key points!
     
  6. Nov 6, 2009 #546 of 10270
    Sixto

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    We've always assumed a 60-120 day launch to operational window.

    D10 launched 7/7/2007. "Live" 9/26/2007. With about a week delay because of spot and authorization issues.

    D11 launched 3/19/2008. "Live" 7/31/2008. With about a 6-8 week delay due to BSS testing. Actually got to first test location 5/25/2008.

    Update: looks like the "first half" comment is exactly the same as from August(!):
    8/6/2009: "and the launching of our satellite D12 which when operational in the first half of 2010, will increase our HD capacity by 50% to over 200 national channels."

    http://seekingalpha.com/article/154517-the-directv-group-q2-2009-earnings-transcript?page=-1
     
  7. Nov 7, 2009 #547 of 10270
    Sixto

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    We continue to check a number a sites. Here's another regularly checked:
    "Beginning of 2010: A Proton to launch the DirecTV 12 communications satellite from Baikonur. (Delayed from late September 2009 by the payload owner. As of mid-October 2009, the officially planned launch date in December 2009 was considered unlikely.)"

    http://www.russianspaceweb.com/2010.html
     
  8. Nov 7, 2009 #548 of 10270
    hdtvfan0001

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    It's sure looking like a January launch now...
     
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    tadam

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    For the experts out there, will this new satellite enable a better picture for all HD channels, current and future? What I mean by that is it seems Directv compresses their HD channels and although they look OK, I think they could be better.

    Thoughts?
     
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    bobnielsen

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    They will be compressed in any case. With the projected 200 channels it should be about the same as it is currently, with 5 channels per transponder.
     
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    Last night I saw one of the DirecTV ads with the Cableco board. It said D* would soon have over 200 HD channels. That has to be a nod to D*12 and its capacity.
     
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    I was thinking the same thing, the ads started to run this weekend. So I am guessing everything is looking good. The only thing is they say "soon" DirecTV will have 200 channels, no date set yet.
     
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    HoTat2

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    I agree as well, "everything is looking good" right now even if D12's launch from Baikonur ultimately comes down to sometime early next year.

    Though I'm nevertheless ever mindful that in this business "looking good" at this point when the satellite is still on the ground is highly anticipatory of a successful launch and injection into transfer orbit.

    Then once on station a successful deployment of all antennas and checkout of internal systems before we can truly say "looooking good" as Freddie Prinze Sr. used to popularly say on the old "Chico and the Man" sitcom.
     
  14. Nov 9, 2009 #554 of 10270
    Sixto

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    Filed today (11/09/2009):
    For earth station E090025:
    http://licensing.fcc.gov/myibfs/download.do?attachment_key=777928

    Page-10: "DIRECTV Enterprises, LLC requests authority to add the DIRECTV 9S satellite at the 101 WL orbital location, the DIRECTV 11 satellite at the 99 WL orbital location, and the DIRECTV 12 satellite, scheduled for launch later this year to the 103 WL orbital location, as Points of Communication."

    http://licensing.fcc.gov/myibfs/download.do?attachment_key=777937

    For earth Station E090024:
    "DIRECTV Enterprises, LLC requests that DIRECTV 12, a new Ka-band satellite to be launched later this year to the nominal 103 WL orbital location, be added as a point of communication for this earth station. The application for DIRECTV 12 (IBFS File No. SAT-LOA-20090807-00086) is currently pending, and launch is expected in the fourth quarter of this year. Grant of this application will ensure that DIRECTV can communicate with this satellite as soon as it is launched."

    http://licensing.fcc.gov/myibfs/download.do?attachment_key=777922

    Page-10: "DIRECTV Enterprises, LLC requests authority to add the DIRECTV 12 satellite, scheduled for launch later this year to the 103 WL orbital location, as a Point of Communication."

    http://licensing.fcc.gov/myibfs/download.do?attachment_key=777939

    Post#1 updated!
     
  15. Nov 9, 2009 #555 of 10270
    hdtvfan0001

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    Sixto

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    Yep. :)
     
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    jrodfoo

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    speculation continues :) I love it. Thanks for the update, Sixto!
     
  18. Nov 9, 2009 #558 of 10270
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    hmmm I wonder what "scheduled for launch later this year" actually means?

    no matter what, I'll be happy when it's up there and sending 200 HD channels to my home.
     
  19. Nov 9, 2009 #559 of 10270
    hdtvfan0001

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    That's what this thread is ultimately all about...;):)
     
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    smiddy

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    Really, because I had the impression it was about orbital mechanics and the logistics of getting an impressive satellite such as this on its way to those orbital mechanics. Everything you highlighted there is the gravy we all desire. :D
     
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