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Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by Earl Bonovich, Jan 5, 2007.

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    Earl Bonovich

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    I know a few of you monitor that stuff a lot closer then I do.

    Seeing that the original "tentative" date was April launch.

    Where is the "next" sat right now.?

    Is it still with the builder, being tested?
    Or has it made it's way to France yet (IIRC that is where the launch will be).
     
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    moonman

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    AFAIK, both are still with the builder(Boeing)...one is a sea launch, so it will be
    out in middle of the ocean. The other is a Russian launch(I think)
    http://www.skyrocket.de/space/index_frame.htm?http://www.skyrocket.de/space/doc_chr/lau2005.htm
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    The original announcement.........
    ST. LOUIS , Sept. 08, 2004 -- Boeing [NYSE:BA] announced today it received a contract by DIRECTV to build three Boeing 702 model satellites. These spacecraft will provide DIRECTV with unprecedented national and local broadcast coverage in High Definition Television (HDTV).

    Three 702 satellites, dubbed DIRECTV 10 and DIRECTV 11, an on-ground spare and six KA band uplink sites will enable DIRECTV to significantly expand broadcasting to their customers across the continental United States, Hawaii, and Alaska. In addition to expanded national HDTV broadcasting, standard definition television broadcasting, and interactive television, DIRECTV 10 and DIRECTV 11 will provide the capability for DIRECTV to broadcast local HDTV to 90 percent of their customers.

    "This contract is a testament to our relationship with DIRECTV, and to the value, service and robust technology we continually provide," said Dave Ryan, vice president and general manager, Boeing Satellite Systems. "It is a validation of Boeing's world leadership in the development of satellites with unsurpassed capacity, performance and cost-efficiency -- the 702."

    This year, Boeing Satellite Systems received recommendation by an independent auditor for IS0 9001 certification. Coupled with achieving CMMI Level 5 and through implementing aggressive quality and cost saving initiatives, the company continues to provide customers with reliable satellite systems.

    "Over the course of our decade-long relationship with Boeing, we have continually been impressed with the caliber and value of satellites they build," said Chase Carey, president and CEO of The DIRECTV Group. "These powerful satellites will enable us to expand our broadcast of comprehensive programming throughout the United States."


    Go to "TBD" list of 2007 launches.
     
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    Earl Bonovich

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    I'm starting to get impatient
     
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    Vinny

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    Me too. I would love to get some more movie stations in HD; such as Starz and Cinemax. Plus, I'm really looking forward to 24/7 of the YES Network spotbeamed in HD. I want my Yankees in HD all the time.
     
  7. NYSat

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    Is it me? Why can't I see the two Sats on the Calendar. I see Intelsat 11 but not 10. Is that not the D* sat? Is there a site that shows both dates and where it gets updated?
     
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    This site has both in June, but is subject to change of course..
    http://www.lyngsat.com/launches/ka.html
     
  9. NYSat

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    What The.... That Sucks. What ever happeend to April and June? And to think June got bumped up from July. Now April gets bumped back to June? Am I the only one with a really bad itch here? :lol: I keep scratching but nothing happens.
     
  10. lwilli201

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    You can blame it on the Russians. :lol:

    According to Lyngsat, one is scheduled to lunched on a Zenit 3 and the other on a Proton. Both Russian rockets. It seems that some Zenit 3 rockets are launched by Sea Launch.
     
  11. Earl Bonovich

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    Also Lyngsat was last updated (those line itmes)...July 06

    As far as I know.... things are still on track for April/May for the first one... June/July for the second.

    And Rusian Launch and the Sea Launch, I beleive are still the launch platforms.
     
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    Well since it's still daylight, you can see the view from the launch vehicle
    here http://www.navigon.net/sl/ live webcam.
    SeaLaunch Home page http://www.sea-launch.com/
    click on current launch to see what's next....note the format includes
    a link to pics of when the vehicle is delivered to them(when it becomes
    available)
     
  13. Earl Bonovich

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    I highly recommend trying to catch the Discovery show about Sea-Launch

    It is very informitive on how Sea Launch started, some of the troubles they went through, and why they are actually very important piece to the SAT Launch industry.
     
  14. Tom Robertson

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    Um...Earl, YYMMDD. Updated January 6, 2007. But beyond that, I think you are correct. At CES everyone was talking about midyear for channels to launch which couldn't happen with two June Sat. Launches.

    I'm still searching for more definitive information.

    Cheers,
    Tom
     
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    Getting tentative launch dates is a huge step forward. It means that Boeing is getting ready to release them, that launch vehicles will be available. When they go up is not in the hands of D*.
     
  16. Earl Bonovich

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    OOPS.... I hate dates that can be interpreted in multiple formats.
     
  17. Tom Robertson

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    Sorta, the tentative launch dates have been posted for a year or more. The next really big step is an announcement from Boeing or the launch facility that the birds have arrived for mounting.

    Cheers,
    Tom
     
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    You post 25-30 messages a day averaged over years. You are not only amazing, but you also get to make a mistake every so often. :) Otherwise we'd think you were not a real person. (And you are also allowed to express emotion as you have.)

    Cheers,
    Tom
     
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    With the exception of the payload,(Boeing Seattle Wash) most of the
    VEHICLE is Russian made. The ship has a mostly Russian crew. As for the
    company itself,Sea Launch Company, LLC, is an international partnership of American, Russian, Ukrainian and Norwegian businesses that provides a reliable, cost effective, heavy lift launch service for commercial customers. Building on proven performance and flight-tested hardware, Sea Launch offers superior value, high performance and fully integrated launch services. The Sea Launch equatorial launch site provides the most direct route to geostationary orbit, offering maximum lift capacity for increased payload mass or extended spacecraft life.
     
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    Lyngsat isn't an authoritative source and those who really know don't seem to be saying much. Directv, as the customer, probably has better information than anyone other than Boeing (and the Directv general office is very near the Boeing satellite factory, so they are probably on top of things). Until the launch happens there will always be uncertainties.
     
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