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#1301 OFFLINE   harsh

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Posted 22 February 2014 - 01:20 PM

95W is Ku but is not DBS band.

Yes, it is the FSS frequencies immediately below (and at lower power than) DBS band.

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Posted 22 February 2014 - 01:53 PM

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Posted 24 February 2014 - 11:09 AM

From the recent DIRECTV 10-K

 

 


We have contracted for the construction and launch of two new satellites: D14, which we expect to launch in the fourth quarter of 2014, and D15, which we

expect to launch in the first half of 2015. D14 and D15 are expected to provide additional HD, replacement and backup capacity

 

Boy, it's going to be a long year.


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Posted 26 February 2014 - 09:30 AM

Boy, it's going to be a long year.

I think they're being overly optimistic about launching DIRECTV 15 this year. There are eight or nine launches that appear to be ahead of it (the first of which is scheduled for March 21st) and only 10 months left.

Of course launching and going into service are two decidedly different dates as well but being a near equatorial launch should help shorten the span.

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Posted 26 February 2014 - 09:38 AM

I think they're being overly optimistic about launching DIRECTV 15 this year. There are eight or nine launches that appear to be ahead of it (the first of which is scheduled for March 21st) and only 10 months left.

Of course launching and going into service are two decidedly different dates as well but being a near equatorial launch should help shorten the span.

White said DIRECTV 15 in 2015, not 2014, please reread the statement.


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Posted 28 February 2014 - 01:35 PM

White said DIRECTV 15 in 2015, not 2014, please reread the statement.

I'm speaking of Salo's calendar which still lists DIRECTV as EOY 2014 (or 2015).

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Posted 24 March 2014 - 08:39 AM

Salo has updated his calendar to include the information from the investor's presentation (D14 in Q4 2014 and D15 "first half" 2015.

The year's third launch is scheduled for the end of May and the fourth is scheduled for the end of July. That leaves 2-3 dates at the current rate to cover five or so launches.

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Posted 24 March 2014 - 10:35 AM

Salo has updated his calendar to include the information from the investor's presentation (D14 in Q4 2014 and D14 "first half" 2015.

The year's third launch is scheduled for the end of May and the fourth is scheduled for the end of July. That leaves 2-3 dates at the current rate to cover five or so launches.

"D15" :)


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Posted 24 March 2014 - 03:15 PM

The year's third launch is scheduled for the end of May and the fourth is scheduled for the end of July.

 

Hmm? April 3rd, yes?


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Posted 25 March 2014 - 05:58 PM

Look at Directv's 10 K Report dated 2/24/14 under "Investor Relations"

 

We have contracted for the construction and launch of two new satellites: D14, which we expect to launch in the fourth quarter of 2014, and D15, which we

expect to launch in the first half of 2015. D14 and D15 are expected to provide additional HD, replacement and backup capacity

 

http://investor.dire...ilingId=9804312



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Posted 26 March 2014 - 07:35 AM

"D15" :)

Fixed!

Thanks for pointing that out.

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Posted 26 March 2014 - 07:48 AM

Hmm? April 3rd, yes?

April 3rd is a Soyuz rocket. The launch after that is a Vega rocket.

What we're concerned with is the Ariane 5 rocket launches from Kourou ELA-3 as that is what DIRECTV has contracted for.

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Posted 29 April 2014 - 11:43 AM

Don't know how this got missed;

 

But for those interested, FCC LOA filing data for the companion satellite IS-31 for the DIRECTV LA service scheduled for launch sometime in the third quarter of 2015 (according to the documentation).

 

http://licensing.fcc...ing_key=-248833

 

Data looks identical to IS-30's. 


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Posted 09 May 2014 - 03:51 PM

Salo updated his schedule a couple of days ago to assign a flight number (VA221) and a companion satellite for DIRECTV 14.  Things may be looking up for a 2014 launch although there is still nothing more specific than Q4 for the date.  The important part is that none of the other Q4/EOY candidates appear to have been assigned a flight number.

 

Apparently GSAT-16 has been getting bounced around and now it is going to be paired with DIRECTV 14.  GSAT-16 weighs in at 3,150Kg and DIRECTV 14 is slated to tip the scales at upwards of 6,502Kg so the payload would appear to be quite near the 10,000Kg maximum.  I'm not certain whether the faring is included in any of those weights.


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Posted 09 May 2014 - 03:59 PM

The only person who ever thought anything was looking down was you. So it's hard to say it's now looking up like it was ever in that kind of doubt anyway.
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Posted 10 May 2014 - 05:48 AM

The only person who ever thought anything was looking down was you. So it's hard to say it's now looking up like it was ever in that kind of doubt anyway.

Perhaps the fact that the launch date has been moved back several times is a factor?



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Posted 10 May 2014 - 10:43 AM

Chip does have a point.

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Posted 10 May 2014 - 11:47 AM

Chip does have a point.

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Posted 10 May 2014 - 12:07 PM

Perhaps the fact that the launch date has been moved back several times is a factor?


Except that it's never even had a launch date. Only a rough time frame that's been altered a bit to latter in the year. He likes to make it sound like it could be another couple years and the world is falling apart. He also makes it sound like we should think something is wrong because it's time frame guestimate had changed.

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Posted 10 May 2014 - 01:27 PM

Except that it's never even had a launch date. Only a rough time frame that's been altered a bit to latter in the year. He likes to make it sound like it could be another couple years and the world is falling apart. He also makes it sound like we should think something is wrong because it's time frame guestimate had changed.


Perhaps a better guestimate in the beginning would help. Set expectations. A new satellite "sometime in 2014" presented as "a new satellite launched by December 31st, 2014 (maybe)." The overly optimistic who suggested a Spring 2014 launch, or did not refute that time frame may be the ones to blame. Set expectations. Early in 2013 when someone posted Spring 2014 the realists should have said "not spring ... by the end of 2014." Did that happen?

Or did the dates slip back?
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