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DirecTV picks Space Systems/Loral for DirecTV 14


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#1 ONLINE   RAD

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Posted 11 June 2010 - 09:42 AM

Press release at http://www.marketwat...nk=MW_news_stmp

PALO ALTO, Calif., Jun 11, 2010 (GlobeNewswire via COMTEX) -- Space Systems/Loral (SS/L) today announced that it has entered into a contract to provide a high-power satellite to DIRECTV. The new satellite, DIRECTV 14, which was started earlier this quarter under an authorization to proceed, is a 20 kilowatt spacecraft that will use Ka-band and Reverse DBS to expand the company's video services.

"By employing the world's most advanced technologies, like the highly reliable SS/L 1300 satellite platform, we are able to provide the best video experience to our customers," said Phil Goswitz, vice president, Space & Communications, DIRECTV. "DIRECTV 14 will be the sixth SS/L 1300 satellite platform in DIRECTV's fleet and we look forward to continuing our relationship with Space Systems/Loral and maintaining our leadership as the provider of the most HD and 3D available anywhere."

The 1300 is a decades-proven, modular platform with the industry's highest power capability and flexibility for a broad range of applications. It enables DIRECTV 14 to use Ka-band and reverse band spectrum on a satellite that will help DIRECTV expand its HD programming to both national and local markets. The satellite is designed to provide service for 15 years or more.

"We believe it is a combination of great satellites and excellent service that keeps long-standing customers such as DIRECTV coming back to us for their spacecraft," said John Celli, president of SS/L. "Our satellite platform is well-suited to helping companies make use of newly available spectrum such as RDBS, and our experience with 20-kilowatt-class satellites is unsurpassed. We look forward to helping DIRECTV expand the exceptional viewing experience they provide."


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)

Edited by Tom Robertson, 11 June 2010 - 01:10 PM.
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#2 OFFLINE   Joe C

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Posted 11 June 2010 - 09:46 AM

Did they skip Directv 13 ?

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Posted 11 June 2010 - 09:47 AM

Did they skip Directv 13 ?


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

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Posted 11 June 2010 - 09:51 AM

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?

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Posted 11 June 2010 - 09:52 AM

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

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Posted 11 June 2010 - 09:54 AM

What is "reverse DBS?"


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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Posted 11 June 2010 - 09:56 AM

I am surprised that they only annouced a DirecTV 14. They have to launch a total of 3 satellites with BSS capability. Here is a link from the D12 thread.

http://www.dbstalk.c...152#post2308152

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Posted 11 June 2010 - 09:56 AM

Interesting that they are spreading around the contracts, as Boeing had their business for a number of years now.
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Posted 11 June 2010 - 09:57 AM

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.


I believe you're right, and that beats my answer which was, "SBD."
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Posted 11 June 2010 - 10:07 AM

Oh god, another place I worked and was......
Hope they manage this SAT better.
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Posted 11 June 2010 - 10:22 AM

Looks like Sixto will have job security tracking D14.

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Posted 11 June 2010 - 10:23 AM

Sixto's vacation just came to a screeching halt lol
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Posted 11 June 2010 - 10:24 AM

Looks like Sixto will have job security tracking D14.

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

Gives new meaning to a "grandfather clause"... :D
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Posted 11 June 2010 - 10:30 AM

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

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

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Posted 11 June 2010 - 10:32 AM

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

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

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Saw that too...

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Posted 11 June 2010 - 10:38 AM

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

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


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

99° perhaps?!

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Posted 11 June 2010 - 10:40 AM

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

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

Doctor j


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.

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Posted 11 June 2010 - 10:43 AM

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.


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.

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Posted 11 June 2010 - 10:44 AM

from the SS/L site.

http://www.ssloral.c...ducts/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. "

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Posted 11 June 2010 - 11:40 AM

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.


Yeah, something like that. :lol:

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