Directv T-16 Launch TODAY!

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by DirectMan, Jun 20, 2019.

  1. trh

    trh This Space for Sale

    Nov 2, 2007
    NE FL
  2. Renard

    Renard Godfather

    Jun 21, 2007
    Seattle, WA
    Yes I saw them, but wasn't sure it was T-16 and/or Eutelsat 7C, but it could be.
  3. inkahauts

    inkahauts Well-Known Member

    Nov 13, 2006
    I don’t see att ever giving up and abandoning those satellite spaces. There will be new satelites built and lunched when the old ones are ready to retire. But since that’s about a decade away I doubt anyone in charge will even be with the company then. Now if those will be used like today’s or more for just backhaul or whatever, who knows. But sat bandwidth is a major asset and companies don’t just let it all go away.
  4. slice1900

    slice1900 Well-Known Member

    Feb 14, 2013
    It is only an asset because there is money to be made from that satellite bandwidth. If it becomes less important due to fewer consumers who have no other choice but satellite and likewise less demand for satellite bandwidth on the corporate side due to greater reliance on IP for stuff like video production then it becomes worth less. It isn't like all the slots over the US are filled today, at least not in Ku or Ka (they probably are for C band) So why would it be unreasonable to believe that Directv might abandon its slots someday if they don't believe it can continue as a going concern. I think that day is somewhere in the 2030s so it isn't coming fast, but it isn't reasonable to believe satellite will continue to be viable for consumer applications forever.

    Think of all those TV stations news gathering operations who uplink via satellite for their reporting today, who will probably uplink via 5G a decade from now. Heck you already occasionally see some remote reporting on local TV stations where it is obvious they are using cellular due to the poor picture quality etc. Maybe the person reporting just drove there in their own car instead of waiting for the truck with all the equipment, to be on the scene and on air more quickly.

    They'd probably still have satellite equipment on their truck a decade from now in case they go somewhere where they can't get cellular or to be able to continue to report in some kind of disaster scenario where the power is out and cellular is taken down with it when the batteries in the towers run out, but it would be rarely used instead of used daily like it is today.
  5. dreadlk

    dreadlk Hall Of Fame

    Sep 18, 2007
    It’s only an asset as long as it’s turning in a good profit. I believe there is a definite cutoff point in the subscriber base numbers when ATT will just send the remaining few million customers a cut off date notice and an offer of a sweet discount to switch to DN.

    At that point they will probably cut a deal with some other entity or entities for the lease of the orbital slots.

    Directv has some of the best slots in their portfolio and maybe some sats at that point will still have a couple of years of life left in them. Probably worth more net income using a this method than to continuing to maintaining scattered fleets of trucks and employees not to mention CSR and sat monitoring personnel
  6. doctor j

    doctor j Hall Of Fame DBSTalk Club

    Jun 14, 2006
    Birmingham, Al.
    AT&T T16 at Geostationary Orbit at 139 degrees W
    Ready for IOT
    TLE_17 Orbit 11:
    AT&T T-16_TLE_17
    1 44333U 19034A 19177.87427323 .00000127 00000-0 00000+0 0 9994
    2 44333 0.0686 286.3744 0027732 162.8039 1.1249 1.00025229 113

    AT&T T-16
    Lon 139.0230° W
    Lat 0.0118° S
    Alt (km) 35 766.750
    Azm 246.8°
    Elv 22.7°
    RA 08h 17m 06s
    Decl -5° 06' 16"
    Range (km) 39 268.149
    RRt (km/s) 0.005
    Vel (km/s) 3.079
    Orbit # 11

    Name AT&T T-16
    NORAD # 44333
    COSPAR designator 2019-034-A
    Epoch (UTC) 2019-06-26 20:58:57
    Orbit # at Epoch 11
    Inclination 0.069
    RA of A. Node 286.374
    Eccentricity 0.0027732
    Argument of Perigee 162.804
    Revs per day 1.00025229
    Period 23h 59m 38s (1439.63 min)
    Semi-major axis 42 234 km
    Perigee x Apogee 35 739 x 35 973 km
    BStar (drag term) 0.000000000 1/ER
    Mean anomaly 1.125

    Doctor j
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  7. inkahauts

    inkahauts Well-Known Member

    Nov 13, 2006
    Moving right along...
  8. Renard

    Renard Godfather

    Jun 21, 2007
    Seattle, WA
    So when do you think this satellite would be done with testing and operational for customers? My guess, beginning of September.
  9. slice1900

    slice1900 Well-Known Member

    Feb 14, 2013
    Yes, sometime in September. You won't notice any difference when it goes active though.
  10. Renard

    Renard Godfather

    Jun 21, 2007
    Seattle, WA
    Getting closer to 99, final destination?
  11. HoTat2

    HoTat2 Hall Of Fame

    Nov 16, 2005
    For T16? ...

    No its destination was for 101°W (100.85°W specifically) ...

    And it already arrived there last Wed. on 9/4 ...

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  12. DirectMan

    DirectMan AllStar

    Jul 14, 2007
    Can someone update us on the status of T16. Where is it parked and has it begun operations?
  13. slice1900

    slice1900 Well-Known Member

    Feb 14, 2013
    It has been at 101 and in use for a couple months now. All the national channels coming from 101 (i.e. all those MPEG2 SD channels) are coming from T16 now.

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