The DirecTV satellite fleet is a group of communications satellites located at various geostationary orbits for the DirecTV satellite television service and HughesNet (formerly known as DirecWAY and DirecPC) internet service.
Defunct satellites are highlighted in gold.
|Satellite||Orbital slot||Launch date*||Launch vehicle||Satellite type||Separated mass||Mass at BOL||Mass at EOL||Status|
|DirecTV-1||109.8°W||December 17, 1993||Ariane 4||Hughes Electronics HS-601||2,970 kilograms (6,550 lb) at GTO||1,680 kilograms (3,700 lb)||1,300 kilograms (2,900 lb)||Defunct|
|DirecTV-2[A]||100.8°W||August 3, 1994||Atlas IIA||Hughes Electronics HS-601||Defunct|
|DirecTV-3[B]||91.1°W||June 10, 1995||Ariane 42-P||Hughes Electronics HS-601||Renamed as Nimiq 3|
|DirecTV-6[C]||109.5°W||March 9, 1997||Atlas IIA||Space Systems/Loral LS-1300||Defunct|
|DirecTV-1R[D]||55.8°E||October 10, 1999||Zenit-3SL||Hughes Electronics HS-601HP||Defunct|
|DirecTV-4S||101.2° W||November 27, 2001||Ariane 4||Hughes Electronics HS-601HP|
|DirecTV-5||110.1° W||May 7, 2002||Proton||Space Systems/Loral LS-1300||3,640 kilograms (8,025 lb) at TO|
|Galaxy 3C[E]||95°W||June 15, 2002||Zenit-3SL||Boeing BSS-702|
|DirecTV-7S||119.0°W||May 4, 2004||Zenit-3SL||Space Systems/Loral LS-1300|
|DirecTV-8||100.8°W||May 22, 2005||Proton M||Space Systems/Loral LS-1300|
|SPACEWAY-1||103.0°W||April 26, 2005||Zenit-3SL||Boeing BSS-702|
|SPACEWAY-2||99.2°W||November 16, 2005||Ariane 5 ECA||Boeing BSS-702|
|DirecTV-9S[F]||101.1°W||October 13, 2006||Ariane 5 ECA||Space Systems/Loral LS-1300|
|DirecTV-10||103.0°W||July 7, 2007||Proton M||Boeing BSS-702||5,893 kilograms (12,992 lb) at GTO|
|DirecTV-11||99.2°W||March 19, 2008||Zenit-3SL||Boeing BSS-702||6,060 kilograms (13,360 lb) at GTO||3,700 kilograms (8,200 lb)|
|DirecTV-12||103.0°W||December 28, 2009||Proton M||Boeing BSS-702|
|DirecTV-14||99.2°W||December 6, 2014||Ariane 5||Space Systems/Loral LS-1300|
|DirecTV-15||103.0°W||May 27, 2015||Ariane 5||Astrium Eurostar E3000|
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DirecTV-1R was launched in 1999. It was the first satellite used to broadcast local channels for DirecTV in major DMAs, and was positioned at 101.2° W when it first entered service. In 2004, when DirecTV completed moving all local channels in major DMAs to DirecTV-4S, DirecTV-1R was repositioned to 72.5° W to provide local channels for smaller DMAs not served by satellites in the 101° W, 110° W, or 119° W positions. From 2004 to 2011 in these smaller DMAs, a separate dish was required to obtain local channels. In early 2012, DirecTV-1R was briefly repositioned to 109.8° W as a spare for DirecTV-5, however, in mid-2012, it was announced that DirecTV-1R would be leased to the Russian Satellite Communications Company, and was repositioned to its current location at 55.8° E in late 2012 as a stopgap supplement to the RSCC's aging Bonum 1 satellite due to delays of the RSCC's Express-AT1 satellite. Express-AT1 was launched on March 15, 2014 and both DirecTV-1R and Bonum 1 have since been deorbited.
DirecTV-4S is the fifth Boeing Satellite Systems built satellite, the Boeing 601HP satellite, it was successfully launched November 27, 2001 aboard an Ariane 44LP rocket from the Guiana Space Center on the northeastern coast of South America. It is stationed at 101° West longitude. The DirecTV-4s is a 9,400-pound, 86-foot-long, and 24.5-foot-wide high powered satellite, with the commercial debut of two important spacecraft technologies. This is the first satellite both for DirecTV and Boeing that employs spot beams. This technology reuses the same frequencies on multiple spot beams to reach the major television markets where DirecTV delivers the signals of local network affiliates. Further details, the satellite carries two Ku-band payloads: spot beams for local channels, and a national beam payload. The spot beam payload will use a total of 38 traveling wave-tube amplifiers (TWTAs) ranging in power from 30 to 88 watts. The national beam payload carries two active transponders with further capability for two active high-power transponders and six active low-power transponders. It has a 15-year projected life span, so roughly till November 2016, unless it is extended.
Galaxy 3C is a geostationary communications satellite located at 95° W. It was launched on June 15, 2002, with a Sea Launch vehicle, and is currently active on the C and Ku bands, with 24 transponders for each. Owned by Intelsat, some of the satellite's users include DirecTV's Brazil and Latin America systems, the Racetrack TV Network DBS service, and HughesNet.
The SPACEWAY satellites were originally designed for use by Hughes Electronics to provide both TV and broadband internet service. The satellites were re-purposed for DirecTV after News Corporation purchased a controlling interest in Hughes.
DirecTV satellites 10, 11, and 12 are Boeing model 702 satellites designed to deliver high definition television to the continental United States, Hawaii, and Alaska.
DirecTV is an American direct broadcast satellite service provider based in El Segundo, California and is a subsidiary of AT&T. Its satellite service, launched on June 17, 1994, transmits digital satellite television and audio to households in the United States, Latin America, Americas and the Caribbean. Its primary competitors are Dish Network and cable television providers. On July 24, 2015, after receiving approval from the United States Federal Communications Commission and United States Department of Justice, AT&T acquired DirecTV in a transaction valued at $67.1 billion.As of Q1 2017, DirecTV U.S. had 21 million subscribers (26 million if combined with U-verse) and revenues of $12 billion.
On November 30, 2016, DirecTV Now, their internet streaming TV service, was launched.DirecTV-12
DirecTV-12, also known as D12, is a Boeing model 702 satellite built by the Boeing Satellite Development Center. It was launched on December 29, 2009 and became operational on May 19, 2010. It is used by DirecTV to provide additional high definition channels and Video on demand content, as well as 3DTV channels and content.DirecTV-14
DirecTV-14 is a communication satellite launched on December 6, 2014. It is the first satellite offering Ultra-HD 4K television services using Reverse DBS.DirecTV-5
DIRECTV-5 is a communications satellite launched from Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan in May, 2002 to provide mainly Spanish language satellite television programs to DirecTV customers from the 119 degrees West longitudinal orbit. It was built by Space Systems/Loral, as part of its LS-1300 line. In May 2004, DIRECTV successfully launched DIRECTV 7S, their second high powered spot beam. DIRECTV 7S is located at the 119 degree orbital slot.
DirecTV-5 was originally known as Tempo 1, and was originally intended for satellite provider ASkyB, who later sold the satellites to PrimeStar in the process of going out of business. PrimeStar's other satellite, Tempo 2 (later DirecTV-6) was launched in 1997, while Tempo 1 was stored until the company and both satellites were purchased by DirecTV. DirecTV eventually launched the Tempo 1 satellite after years of delays as the DirecTV-5 satellite in 2002.Currently, DirecTV-5 is located at 109.8°W and provides channels for the Puerto Rico market.
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