Airbus mentioned the contract a couple years ago, which is how we knew about it long before there was an FCC filing, but there was never an official press release about it. Because it isn't Airbus that makes those press releases, it is Directv. They used to make them because they had something to brag about - it would bring locals to more markets, or more HD channels, or capability for 4K in the future. T16 just replaces existing capacity, it doesn't add anything new. So not really worthy of a press release. There was a filing for permission to launch and begin operations, which they said they'd be ready for in Q1 next year (being ready to launch and having someone with space on a rocket big enough for one of Directv's heavy satellites isn't the same thing, so it may not launch until later next year) Oh, and those 15 year mission lifetimes are ALWAYS exceeded, sometimes by a lot. The T8 satellite was launched in 2005, and Directv estimates it will have sufficient fuel to last it until 2034! Most of them don't last that long (it was launched differently than most which saved fuel used for boosting into orbit) but they almost always last over 20 years these days.