Posted at 4:00pm -- 12/28/2009
DirecTV will launch a satellite (D12) on Monday at 7:00pm EST. DirecTV customers can watch it on DirecTV Channel 577. This is a test channel and will probably not be unlocked until 7:00pm EST., but you can record it ahead of time.
To watch on the internet you can watch it here: DirecTV "D12" Satellite Launch
The DirecTV 12 next-generation satellite will play an important role in extending DirecTV’s content leadership position in the pay TV industry. When it becomes operational in the first half of next year, it will expand DirecTV’s HD capacity by 50 percent to more than 200 national channels and enable DirecTV to deliver 1,500 local HD (local HD channels to more than 92% of households) and digital channels and more advanced services for its customers nationwide. The powerful 131-transponder payload integrates 32 active and 12 spare TWTAs (Traveling Wave Tube Amplifiers) at Ka-band for national service and 55 active and 15 spare TWTAs for spot beams. The payload is powered by a gallium arsenide solar array that spans more than 48 meters. DirecTV 12 will receive and transmit programming throughout the United States with two large Ka-band reflectors, each measuring 2.8 meters in diameter and nine other Ka-band reflectors.
DirecTV is also planning to launch a new movie service next year, where customers will be able to access more than thousands of movie from either their PC or TV to view on their big screen TV. This service will be greatly expanded upon the successful launch of our next satellite D12, which becomes operational in the first half of next year.
DirecTV will be the first to launch a full BSS package in the US!
Past launches of the same type of satellites for DirecTV
D10 launched 7/7/2007, went "live" 9/26/2007 (81 days), with about a week delay due to spot beam and authorization issues.
D11 launched 3/19/2008, went "live" 7/31/2008 (134 days), with about a 6-8 week delay due to BSS testing. D11 got to it's first test location 5/25/2008.
Here are some key times to watch on Monday.
Assuming liftoff is 7:22pm EST.
Time Launch Event
07:24:00pm ET 1st/2nd Stage Separation
07:27:26pm ET 2nd/3rd Stage Separation
07:27:48pm ET Payload Fairing (PLF) Separation
07:31:36pm ET 3rd Stage/Breeze M Separation
07:33:50pm ET 1st Burn Ignition
07:37:51pm ET 1st Burn Shutdown
08:27:58pm ET 2nd Burn Ignition
08:45:15pm ET 2nd Burn Shutdown
10:48:45pm ET 3rd Burn Ignition
11:00:14pm ET 3rd Burn Shutdown
11:01:04pm ET APT Jettison
11:02:31pm ET 4th Burn Ignition
11:08:16pm ET 4th Burn Shutdown
03:13:25am ET 5th Burn Ignition
03:19:43am ET 5th Burn Shutdown
4:32:00am ET D12 Separation
Written by GBMW Staff
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