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#561 OFFLINE   HoTat2

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Posted 02 July 2012 - 09:53 AM

6/29/2012:

DIRECTV hereby requests an extension of its STA for up to 60 days to continue to stationkeep the DIRECTV 1R spacecraft at the BSS slot allocated to the US at 109.8 W.L. and to perform TT&C operations with DIRECTV 1R during this period.

http://licensing.fcc...ment_key=957792

http://licensing.fcc...erC/File Number


Hey, I guess the old gal is going to get a new lease on life. Though maybe with someone else and for some other service.

It was supposed to be headed for disposal first reported here back in early May.

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Posted 07 July 2012 - 01:30 PM

They (Spectrum) certainly don't give up easily:

http://licensing.fcc...ment_key=958639


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Posted 07 July 2012 - 02:47 PM

They (Spectrum) certainly don't give up easily:

http://licensing.fcc...ment_key=958639


A perfect example of :beatdeadhorse:

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Posted 13 July 2012 - 07:17 PM

I've seen people talking about call centers for DirecTV and where they're located. I just called to find out about the loss of the Viacom channels and talked to a rep in Mexico. I asked "where are you located" and he said Mexico. I asked to talk to someone in the U.S. and he said he couldn't help me. I hung up and then called back and got a rep in Utah. He said he didn't even know DirecTV had call centers for the U.S. in Mexico. I've been with DirecTV since 1999 and have always talked to someone in the U.S. when calling customer service until now. When I pay my $160 a month (not including Sunday Ticket) it's nice to know that DirecTV is doing all they can to keep my bill "low" by exporting jobs to Mexico!!! God Bless the USA!!!!

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Posted 13 July 2012 - 07:37 PM

I've seen people talking about call centers for DirecTV and where they're located. I just called to find out about the loss of the Viacom channels and talked to a rep in Mexico. I asked "where are you located" and he said Mexico. I asked to talk to someone in the U.S. and he said he couldn't help me. I hung up and then called back and got a rep in Utah. He said he didn't even know DirecTV had call centers for the U.S. in Mexico. I've been with DirecTV since 1999 and have always talked to someone in the U.S. when calling customer service until now. When I pay my $160 a month (not including Sunday Ticket) it's nice to know that DirecTV is doing all they can to keep my bill "low" by exporting jobs to Mexico!!! God Bless the USA!!!!


You joined just to express this?

I'm not sure that there is a forum where this "belongs" but it definitely doesn't belong in this thread. This is for discussing the actual satellites themselves.

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Posted 13 July 2012 - 07:38 PM

I've seen people talking about call centers for DirecTV and where they're located. I just called to find out about the loss of the Viacom channels and talked to a rep in Mexico. I asked "where are you located" and he said Mexico. I asked to talk to someone in the U.S. and he said he couldn't help me. I hung up and then called back and got a rep in Utah. He said he didn't even know DirecTV had call centers for the U.S. in Mexico. I've been with DirecTV since 1999 and have always talked to someone in the U.S. when calling customer service until now. When I pay my $160 a month (not including Sunday Ticket) it's nice to know that DirecTV is doing all they can to keep my bill "low" by exporting jobs to Mexico!!! God Bless the USA!!!!


I wonder if they are getting s Mary calls they are having their Mexico call centers help out with its us operations so you don't have to wait extra long on to get through to someone. Would seem a bit odd though, since I doubt they'd be trained on the particulars of us dtv operations. I had never heard of them having call centers there either. Are you sure he didn't say new Mexico?

Edit: just realized what thread this is in. Not really the right place for it...

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Posted 24 July 2012 - 04:25 PM

They (Spectrum) certainly don't give up easily:

http://licensing.fcc...ment_key=958639

And DirecTV's response: http://licensing.fcc...ment_key=959705
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Posted 01 August 2012 - 04:36 AM

And DirecTV's response: http://licensing.fcc...ment_key=959705

And Spectrum's reply to DirecTV's reply:

http://licensing.fcc...ment_key=961229


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Posted 01 August 2012 - 06:06 AM

Really what's in it for Spectrum 5? I never heard of them. How much is Charlie paying them?

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Posted 01 August 2012 - 03:22 PM

Really what's in it for Spectrum 5? I never heard of them. How much is Charlie paying them?

Not Charlie. Spectrum 5 has gone up against DISH's plans as well. They are the reason why DISH cannot get the final two transponders at 61.5. Gotta leave the door open for "new entrants".

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Posted 20 August 2012 - 11:10 AM

DIRECTV request D1R's transfer to the "Russian Satellite Communication Company." (RSCC) at 56.16 EL to aid a failing DBS satellite there, "Bonum I," until its delayed new replacement "Express-AT1" is ready for service late next year.

http://licensing.fcc...ment_key=963866

STA Request for TT&C for move from 109.8 WL to 56.16 EL

http://licensing.fcc...ment_key=957792

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Posted 20 August 2012 - 11:18 AM

Thanks for posting. Saw that last week, then forgot to post. Thx.
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Posted 20 August 2012 - 11:57 AM

Posted in own thread ... http://www.dbstalk.c...6&highlight=d1r
Doesn't fit into the topic, thought. It's old sat, ready to deorbiting.

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Posted 20 August 2012 - 01:45 PM

Posted in own thread ... http://www.dbstalk.c...6&highlight=d1r
Doesn't fit into the topic, thought. It's old sat, ready to deorbiting.


It fits the topic just fine: "Directv Satellite Discussion."

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Posted 26 August 2012 - 11:55 AM

The latest on D1R:

http://www.dbstalk.c...003#post3084003


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Posted 03 September 2012 - 06:04 AM

DARPA wants to make use of dead geosynchronous satellites.
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Posted 03 September 2012 - 02:41 PM

DARPA wants to make use of dead geosynchronous satellites.
http://www.networkwo...aging-satellite


I remember back when the Space Shuttle was in the planning stages, there was interesting in using it to retrieve dead sats. Of course it ended up not being able to reach geosyncronous altitudes, but Hughes was asked by NASA to propose what testing might be done if one could be recovered.

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Posted 03 September 2012 - 03:01 PM

It would be highly troublesome - a couple things would be very considerable: huge solar panels what probably used one time deployment mechanism with lifetime locks/latches and big antennas ; adding to that - each satellite would be required unique 'bed' and holding 'straps' to safely bring it back to Earth ...

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Posted 04 September 2012 - 08:36 AM

The whole idea of reusing or harvesting dead satellites, whether in GSO or even LEO, is just pie in the sky dreaming for the current generation (and probably the next two or three). Aerospace engineering is always a cutting-edge compromise between terrifically high energy requirements and very low mass-margins. It takes a LOT of energy to accelerate something to orbit in the first place. So even launching the simplest LEO satellite is on the order of several millions of dollars, unless it's a very minimal "microsat" hitching a ride up using excess capacity on a launcher for another payload. GSO launches are substantially more - in the range of a hundred million dollars or more, exclusive of the cost of the satellite. And once in orbit, every maneuver costs fuel, more of that precious, expensive launch mass you're paying so much to accelerate up to such high speeds.

Bringing anything down means the reverse: all that energy you've added to the system has to be depleted, either by using a lot of fuel to slow down quickly, or by sliding through the friction of the atmosphere (which creates heat on the order of several thousand degrees over 20 - 30 minutes of entry. That means you need a heat shield - more mass that is useless in orbit until you need it to return. There's been work done on inflatable heat shields. Perhaps one could tele-operate a harvester to clip off the deployed antennas and solar arrays, then strap the hulk to a module with a deployable heat shield and parachute array - but what's the point? The components will be old and obsolescent at best. The real costs of a satellite are in design and construction labor, not the materials. That, plus the expense of the launch, which you'd have to re-incur even if you could retrieve and refurbish the satellite in the first place. And those large PV arrays and antennas, cut free and floating up above GSO in the graveyard orbit, will be harder to track and avoid than a single, intact dead satellite.

If launch costs were a fraction of what they are today, the whole idea might make some kind sense but as it is, it's just a blue-sky brainstorming project.

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Posted 04 September 2012 - 08:48 AM

So these dang things have the same defect of iPads and iPhones: no user replaceable batteries.....:D
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