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Sea Launch Signs with DIRECTV for Launch in 2007

Published by spacecowboy on Wed Nov 16, 2005 4:55 pm
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Satellite will Expand Capacity for HD services

LONG BEACH, Calif., November 15, 2005 — Sea Launch has signed a firm launch contract with DIRECTV, for a mission scheduled in early 2007. The contract includes an option for an additional launch.

The new contract calls for a Zenit-3SL vehicle to launch a DIRECTV spacecraft to geosynchronous transfer orbit from Sea Launch’s Odyssey Launch Platform, positioned on the Equator. Sea Launch’s reliable direct insertion into equatorial orbit is expected to yield additional years of life for this spacecraft.

The DIRECTV spacecraft, with a mass of about 6080 kg, is one of three Boeing 702 model spacecraft DIRECTV has ordered from The Boeing Company and is among the largest and most powerful Ka-band satellites ever built. The new satellite will optimize DIRECTV’s advanced transmission techniques and state-of-the-art video compression technology. It will deliver national high-definition (HD) programming and will be capable of supporting spot beams carrying local HD broadcast channels in all 50 states.

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