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SixtoReport: D14 Satellite - Status Pre-Launch


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#1 OFFLINE   Sixto

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Posted 23 January 2013 - 12:40 AM

Synopsis updated 1/22/2013 - Orbit Location (TLE) will be updated after Launch

Status of the DirecTV-14 (D14) Satellite:
  • D14 Launch Info (FCC Call Sign S2869):
    • Construction by Space Systems/Loral (SS/L) expected to be completed by January 1st, 2014
    • Launch expected late-2013 / early-2014
    • Launch service provider will be Arianespace
    • Via Ariane 5 rocket from Europe's Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana
    • Target location is 99.235° W.L.
  • D14 CONUS:
    • 16 transponders (TP9-TP24, 36 MHz wide) of national bandwidth for MPEG4 HD from 99°. 36 MHz wide
    • Each transponder supporting 6 HD channels for a total capacity of 96 national HD channels to be delivered to the 48 contiguous states (CONUS) plus Alaska, Hawaii and Puerto Rico
    • Within the Ka-Hi (19872-20188 MHz) frequency range
    • Spaceway-2 (SW2) is currently allocated the entire Ka-Hi (19700-20200) frequency range, therefore it's expected that SW2 and D14 will now share the range, with SW2 using the lower end, and D14 using the higher end
  • D14 Local-in-Local (LiL):
    • 8 transponders (TP1-TP8, 36 MHz wide) of spot beam bandwidth for MPEG4 HD LiL from 99°
    • Supporting 46 spot beams to expand current HD local-into-local service and enhance HD service into Hawaii and Puerto Rico, in 69 designated market areas (“DMAs”) and Puerto Rico
    • Within the Ka-Hi (19712-19868 MHz) frequency range (same as D11)
  • D14 RB-1 BSS Payload (FCC Call Sign S2711):
    • To Be Completed
Progress of DirecTV-14:
Two Line Element (TLE) Format:

A NORAD two-line element (TLE) set consists of two 69-character lines of data which describe in detail a spacecraft's trajectory around the earth. Calculated and published by the U.S. government regularly.

http://celestrak.com/columns/v04n03/

http://www.space-tra...tle_format.html


Current D14 TLE & Orbital History:
Awaiting Launch late-2013 / early-2014
Tracking (Pictorial View):

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Launch Photos:

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The current DirecTV HD listing can be found here

Edited by Sixto, 24 January 2013 - 08:21 AM.

DirecTV: Genie, H25, CCK, GenioGo, SWiM-16 & SWiM-8, DECA to Gigabit Switch with FiOS (75/35)
FiOS: Roamio Pro's (2), Roamio Plus, Mini's (4) with Ultimate HD (My Roamio Thoughts)

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#2 OFFLINE   Sixto

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Posted 23 January 2013 - 12:41 AM

This thread will be modeled after the D12 Pre-Launch Thread - A work in progress at the moment.

This thread will remain closed for a little bit as I have time to properly complete the summary & status in post#1.

Discussion is here for now:

http://www.dbstalk.c...ad.php?t=179580


Edited by Sixto, 23 January 2013 - 07:49 AM.

DirecTV: Genie, H25, CCK, GenioGo, SWiM-16 & SWiM-8, DECA to Gigabit Switch with FiOS (75/35)
FiOS: Roamio Pro's (2), Roamio Plus, Mini's (4) with Ultimate HD (My Roamio Thoughts)




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