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Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by Sixto, Jul 6, 2007.
You guys rock on this. I have read this thread everyday and the info is tremendous. thanks again.
Are we there yet? :lol:
VeniceDre is correct, but there was quite a bit of confusion from the launch calendars as to which was being launched from where/when. The calendars did not change because of the engine failure aboard Sea Launch, but the calendars did come to agreement.
The transponders are used in pairs for national beams and there will be 14 national transponders.
We will not see new satellites, but the two satellite maps at 99° and 103° will suddenly be complete with few or no N/A's showing.
And the firmware in the receivers should not have to change. The receivers will be told that new transponders are available to test with new channel assignments for the new channels as they are turned up.
I would think channel 499 would be the first that is seen. Then they could get feedback on how everyone is receiving it and check if the BBC is working. Maybe on Saturday.
Not a chance.
Thanks Lefty!. Maybe n2yo.com is monitoring this thread as they were quite misleading posting old data just with a new date every hour! Anyway I just checked them again and they have the same TLE data you posted now being used ( I bet they copied it from you :
With that TLE at 10:38 PM PDT, they have D10 at longitude - 102.74 , Latitude 0.02, altitude 35604.66km ( 22074.88mi) and speed 111.71 km/h69.29 mi/h)
This is looking like they will be ready by Friday!
Edit update: watched a bit more and it is drifting East and at 10:55 PM PDT Longitude is -102.69. The test slot is to be near -102.6 I believe.
is the sat home to rest yet
Not yet. Let's see what Lefty comes up with Thursday (tomorrow).
This reminds me of what young children say on trips--"Are we there yet?" :lol:
It also reminds me of another thing children say on trips-- "I gotta pee!"
Sixto started this thread on the launch date of 06-July [just over a month ago] and look how many views! Over 58,500 in like 34 days! This has to be a new world record, no? :lol:
I think we can see where all the interest is presently at dbstalk
So when this baby is fired up, I guess we move to D11? :lol:
Nothing new yet this morning from NORAD. I suspect we missed a maneuver or two yesterday and/or overnight since the orbital elements were last calculated, but I will monitor Space-Track throughout the day until they issue new ones.
Thanks for all the updates you are doing a great job.
I too want to thank you for explaining a complex subject that was totally new to me. Well done!
Yup! However the answer is that "this is just the second leg of a long trip and, we are not there yet!".
Some very important milestones are still ahead before we get our HD pictures, such as "does this bird power up without any problems?"
Okay - update time. New TLE's today:
1 31862U 07032A 07221.12453447 -.00000096 00000-0 10000-3 0 490
2 31862 000.1479 284.0825 0049829 023.7273 312.8653 01.00079126 02
As I type, D10 is at 101.3 and drifting VERRRRRY slowly west. I'm sure there will be more small maneuvers today before the elements are updated again.
Oh please don't even think about that :nono2: Can you image what that would be like? It is probably D's biggest nightmare right now :girlscrea And BTW a big thanks to LameLefty for all his hard work on this :sunsmile:
Considering we have been promised more HD channels for the last three years, and I've given D* almost $400 during that time for the privilege of having only a handful of HD channels, I'd say that most of us are very anxious to see where we are at with the new stuff. Especially considering a bunch of us recently got our MPEG4 receivers and 5 LNB dishes, we want to see the payoff!
I check this thread several times a day. Since I rarely have anything to add, I just lurk. But I thank everyone for their contributions, this thread really helps satisfy my curiosity as to the question: "Are we there yet?"
Or as I used to say as a little kid: "How longer?"
This is current as of Lefty's last TLE calculated at 12:30 pm CDT. Its moving West and slightly South of the equator.
Lon 101.6996° W
Lat 0.0220° S
Alt (km) 36 048.850
RA 07h 49m 57s
Decl -5° 15' 17"
Range (km) 37 256.773
RRt (km/s) 0.004
Vel (km/s) 3.058
MA (phase) 170.7° (121)
Orbit # 1
Mag (illum) ? (5%)