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Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by Gary Toma, Jun 4, 2014.
Going toplesss: The satellites are now naked, the fairing is jettisoned roughly at altitude 100Km.
Now the B-Roll about Kourou, filling until the next milestone.
Main stage engine cut off, and fall off. The second stage now runs for 16 minutes.
Phil Goswitz is on screen for a moment! Hi, Phil.
Now DIRECTV B-Roll. Cool, cool pictures of the satellite. Airbus' biggest satellite to-date.
Awesome piece they just did about D15
DIRECTV-15 is all alone now, having separated from Ariane-5 upper stage.
Next step is for the sylda, the internal frame/shield/platform/fairing covering Sky Mexico-1 is jettisoned--Done.
Then Sky Mexico-1 separates from the upper stage.
The crowd goes wild! (By convention, the applause waits until the second satellite is separated from the launch vehicle. Both birds are away from the nest.
Phil is looking very happy--they are both his responsibility.
That's one big satellite, especially when they showed the solar panels extended.
Once again great coverage of another successful launch. Congratulations to everyone at DIRECTV!
All of this to get the satellite 1000 KM up. Only 34000 KM to go
Well, at least to raise the perigee point of the current orbit to that height. The apogee point is already that high for a geosynchronous transfer orbit the satellites are in. ..
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So glad after 19 years as a continuous Directv customer that I finally had the chance to watch and enjoy a live directv launch!!
Congratulations to directv for such a successful launch and I am giddy with anticipation for the upcoming advances!!
Now if they could just fire it up tomorrow..... :lol: nice seeing another sat go up. In a few months when it's active things should be interesting.
Uncertain if this is the correct TLE but matches past Arianespace launches with Payload A/B Sylvia and Stage 2 booster as A.B.C.D
0 TBA - TO BE ASSIGNED_A
1 40663U 15026A 15147.69481146 -.00000462 00000-0 00000+0 0 9992
2 40663 004.3601 033.2077 7274442 176.6127 191.6672 02.28575149 02
0 TBA - TO BE ASSIGNED_B
1 40664U 15026B 15147.94306491 -.00000455 00000-0 00000+0 0 9992
2 40664 004.3420 032.8659 7275998 177.1822 035.8010 02.27668907 07
0 TBA - TO BE ASSIGNED_C
1 40665U 15026C 15147.94697200 -.00000452 00000-0 00000+0 0 9991
2 40665 004.4584 030.8236 7281102 178.9867 039.1655 02.28645797 06
0 TBA - TO BE ASSIGNED
1 40666U 15026D 15147.95162909 -.00000454 00000-0 00000+0 0 9998
2 40666 004.2843 033.9241 7278934 176.0694 042.8303 02.27704468 00
Let the tracking begin
Name 0 TBA - TO BE ASSIGNED_A
NORAD # 40663
COSPAR designator 2015-026-A
Epoch (UTC) 2015-05-27 16:40:31
Orbit # at Epoch 0
RA of A. Node 33.208
Argument of Perigee 176.613
Revs per day 2.28575149
Period 10h 29m 59s (629.98 min)
Semi-major axis 24 343 km
Perigee x Apogee 257 x 35 674 km
BStar (drag term) 0.000000000 1/ER
Mean anomaly 191.667
Propagation model SDP4
Element number / age 999 / 0 day(s)
10 TBA - TO BE ASSIGNED_A
Lon 118.0261° E
Lat 1.9635° S
Alt (km) 27 929.470
RA 00h 12m 22s
Decl -6° 48' 23"
Range (km) 39 459.928
RRt (km/s) 1.738
Vel (km/s) 2.620
MA (phase) 89.9° (64)
Orbit # 1
Looks like the right launch!
Really early DATA set
Maybe SPACETRACK is as excited as I am about the D-15 launch
Yes. I can't wait to see what d10 is doing in a year... I suspect they may do some sort of basic load balancing and keep it running, or sell it...
I DVRed this launch and this is the first time I ever seen one of these and I must admit, it was pretty awesome!! The amount of work and precision that goes into these launches are impressive. I like the story from the commentator about why they launch satellites from The equator. Fascinating. Hats off to Directv!!
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hehe, you are, as a first timer, did an error: so far kudos going to Arianspace, not dtv. If you'll look into old thread about D10 launch,you'll know the sats could be not fully functioning and require "amelioration " and sometimes still suffer for its life...
Yes lots of things could still happen.
But Arian made it past the major obstacle.
Now it's Directv's turn.
Congrats to all involved within DirecTV and their partners. It sure is cool to now have all that bandwidth up there coming online soon. Very nice, certainly was a great looking launch.