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D11 Sat: Launch Date March 19 at 6:48pm ET, Channel 573

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by Dave, Jul 20, 2007.

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  1. Feb 14, 2008 #561 of 1715
    TheRatPatrol

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    Just read over on Swanni that D* *might* launch D12 now too? Any truth to this?

    I guess since E* announced that they will be able to have 200 national HD channels, I guess D* wants to launch D12 to go up to 225+ national HD channels.;)
     
  2. Feb 14, 2008 #562 of 1715
    nevea2be

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    Would make sense for them to lunch it and use it rather then having it just sit there in *just in case mode*. They are going to have to build a new one sometime in the future anyways so why not just throw this one up there, use it and go ahead and order another spare.
     
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    jefbal99

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    At what broadcasting location does D* have TP licenses to get another bird into orbit. Are they not currently using all their existing licenses (assuming D11 is successful)?
     
  4. Feb 14, 2008 #564 of 1715
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    IIRC, D* does have Ka licenses at 101, but they're using some of them for backhaul purposes. As for launching D12, in the conference call yesterday, Carey said they don't have any arrangements to launch D12 at this time.
     
  5. Feb 14, 2008 #565 of 1715
    JeffTex42

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    I love the online DVR scheduler. I just scheduled it to record this morning. It is on the National Geographic Channel (276) at 11 am cental time. It's also on at 3 am Friday the 22nd.
     
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    Gotta love Swanni! :lol: An analyst asked Chase Carey if D12 was scheduled to be launched or if Directv had any plans for D12 during yesterday's earnings conference call. Carey said they don't have anything definitive yet, meaning they are waiting for a successful launch of D11, then plan from there. We will have to wait until the next quarter's earnings conference call, since I am sure at that time Directv would have some plan for D12. Until then, anyone can guess what Directv will do with D12!
     
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    And if D* decides to launch it, he will claim that he was the first to break the story, way back when...
     
  8. Feb 14, 2008 #568 of 1715
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    Really, what are the chances this thing won't be launched at some point?
     
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    Tom Robertson

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    At the time, D11 was hermetically sealed shipping container (obviously not at Funk and Wagnals) to be transported to Long Beach.

    I'm guessing he is being fitting inside the fairing and mated to the launch vehicle right now. Soon, he'll be on a cruise to the mid Pacific. :)

    Cheers,
    Tom
     
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    Tom Robertson

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    Very, very low...
     
  12. Feb 14, 2008 #572 of 1715
    bemenaker

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    The broken spy satellite won't effect your TV viewing. It is already at a lower orbit than geo and is falling. It is going to reenter in a couple of weeks, but they want to smash it into smaller pieces before that happens, so it is more completely destroyed on reentry. (Not that all the fuel onboard it isn't going to do that anyways, since it has it's full load of fuel)
     
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    bhelton71

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    Don't we have lasers for this sort of thing (no I am not thinking Moonraker :lol:) - but seriously didn't we (the US) develop lasers that could shoot down satellites or low orbit objects ? Shooting a warhead from a ship seems a little barbaric.
     
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    Bainbridge...
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    smiddy

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    This is an interesting read...but I have a hard time beleiving it. The only reason they'd do this is to show China that we can do what they can do too. It doesn't seem cost effective to me to send a rocket up after a dead satellite. But heck what do I know? :D
     
  16. Feb 14, 2008 #576 of 1715
    smiddy

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    Look up Airborne Laser...
     
  17. Feb 14, 2008 #577 of 1715
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    Just watched it. The security is a lot more than I would expect. The show was made in 2005 so their last failure was not covered. I did not know that the Commander was custom built from the keel up. It is an awesome system. I believe they said that they could put a sat in geosynchronous orbit in 9 hours. Did I hear that correctly? Non equatorial launches take a lot longer to get into position. Seems that D10 took forever to get into position, albeit we really did not know exactly when it did get to its correct position.
     
  18. Feb 15, 2008 #578 of 1715
    nevea2be

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    It might have taken a little longer because of the failure they had encountered with it. All that shaking and wiggling in hopes if it loosening up parts to get all the channel ports (what ever you call them thingies) working properly had to have chewed up a lot of time.
     
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    n3ntj

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    Yeah, I watched Sea Launch last night and that is a neat system. It was cool how they showed how the actual units (launch vehicle and control center) were manufactured and taken to position.

    If its on again, I suggest you guys search and record it.
     
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    You know the old saying"Waste not,Want not"!.:D
     
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