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Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by Sixto, Jul 27, 2008.
Wow, thanks Anik!
This calls for a double WooHoo !
I bet we see some FCC paperwork next week.
Smoken great news!
The article:"DirecTV-12 spacecraft intended for launch by Proton-M in late Dec. has been delivered to Baikonur today.
The satellite arrived in Ruslan airplane will be installed in the clean room for further prelaunch processing. Currently, the containers are being unloaded and transported to Proton/payload integration and test facility.
Launch services are to be provided by International Launch Services Inc. (ILS). Khrunichev, which is one of the cornerstones of the Russian space industry, holds the majority interest in ILS. Khrunichev manufactures Proton and Breeze-M and develops Angara launch vehicle.
DirecTV-12, with its payload mass of 5940 kg, is based on the Boeing 702 platform. It is to maintin satellite communication, Internet, digital direct-to-home TV services for the continental USA, Alaska and the Hawaii. DirecTV-12 was manufactured by Boeing will enter the DirecTV system which counts 11 satellites today.
Khrunichev Center PAO"
Post#1 updated. Added new section "D12 Status".
Very good news indeed.
Looks like we've moved from hope and speculation to optimism and a countdown to launch date.
Terrific news...and also brings us closer to new national HD channels.
Well, I'd say because Boeing is off for the long holiday weekend, but there was an announcement yesterday about a an Australian Wedgetail delivery.
Anyways, at least now we're on to the next step of anticipating the launch!
I remember D10 landing in Russia or Kazakhstan and being transferred to a train for its ride to Baikonur. But D12 was shipped straight to Baikonur instead. It sounds like this bird is on the fast track.
This is fantastic. It is like when the XM channels start Holly up. Christmas really is close now.
Right on! Good luck D12..!
You messed up this time; jets could reach only yubileini airport near Baiknur, after that a payload delivering by train. Nothing changed, it's just news wording confusing you a little.
Yup - the Borat Express.
WooHoo. D-12 is in the house and getting ready to fly.
Do you know how long it will take to fly it ? - Month! Then it it will be ready [ if nothing happen ( like crazy drunk ivan will drop something on/in it during Xmas shift )].
You're not the only one who knows it takes a month. We've discussed that fact quite extensively over the length and breadth of this thread. It's only November 27, fer heavens' sake. Don't get your knickers in a twist over it.
In fact, what have you got against crazy drunk ivans? For that matter, why do you think anyone named Ivan will be allowed to be drunk near a several hundred million dollar/ruble/euro spacecraft and launcher?
Besides, Russian Orthodox Christmas is celebrated January 7. But I'm sure you knew that already.
Thanks for the clarification.
Just what I checked this thread to see, a prospective launch date. Thanks.