DirecTV-11

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DirecTV-11
Operator DirecTV
Mission duration 15 years
Spacecraft properties
Bus BSS-702
Manufacturer Boeing
Start of mission
Launch date March 19, 2008 (2008-03-19)
Rocket Zenit-3SL
Launch site Odyssey
Contractor Sea Launch
Orbital parameters
Reference system Geocentric
Regime Geostationary
Longitude 99.2° West
Transponders
Capacity 500 MHz

DirecTV-11, also known as D11, is a Boeing model 702 satellite built by the Boeing Satellite Development Center.

Technology[edit]

This satellite is functionally identical to DirecTV-10 and is co-located with SPACEWAY-2 at or very near 99.225°W.

Launch data[edit]

DirecTV-11 had originally been scheduled for launch by Sea Launch in November, 2007.[1] Following a launch failure at Sea Launch that resulted in damage to the facility, the expected launch date was changed to March 19, 2008.[2] Launch occurred at 22:47:59 GMT on March 19, 2008 and the spacecraft separated from the carrier rocket 61 minutes later, following a successful ascent.

Testing[edit]

Boeing handed over the DirecTV-11 satellite to DirecTV on Monday, July 21, 2008 according to a press release on the Boeing website. This means that the satellite is "parked" at or extremely close to its final location of 99.225ºW. Customers with High-Definition receivers or High-Definition DVRs can see new satellite readings under the "Satellite Strength" menu on their receiver. The DirecTV-11 will show up as 99(a) or 99(b) for High-Def receivers and 99(c) and 99(s) for High-Definition DVRs.

Broadcasting to customers[edit]

DirecTV-11 began broadcasting High-Definition channels to customers on July 31, 2008. Those first channels were MPEG-4 counterparts of the older MPEG-2 channels DirecTV originally carried in the 70-79 channel range as well as four east coast distant network channels. Since the initial roll out of channels in July, DirecTV has added over 40 more HD channels to DirecTV-11. These channels included converting some part-time regional sports networks to full-time HD channels as well as new national HD channels like ABC Family and Comedy Central, some premium channels, and HD pay-per-view. DirecTV-11 now broadcasts over 50 HD channels, bringing DirecTV's total HD channel count over 130.

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.lyngsat.com/launches/ka.html DirecTV-11 scheduled launch data at Lyngsat.com
  2. ^ http://www.flysat.com/launches.php launch data including DirecTV-11 launch information

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