|Originally posted by tdnova:
What new satellite are the launching ?
Doing a few WWW searches, I found this
site, which lists a satellite called "DirecTV 5" as having a launch date in August.
I also found another site with a list of their satellites:
DBS 1 110Â° DIRECTV 1
DBS 2 101Â° DIRECTV 2
DBS 3 101Â° DIRECTV 3
DIRECTV1-R 101Â° DIRECTV 1-R
TEMPO 1* 119Â° DIRECTV 5*
TEMPO-2 119Â° DIRECTV 6
DIRECTV 4-S* 101Â° DIRECTV 4-S*
* = To be launched
It shows that there are three satellites at 101Â°, do they operate simultaneously, or are they there for redundancy?
I think the DirecTV 4-S satellite is the one with "Spot Beam" technology to enable directed local channels.
Does anyone else have more detail about the new capabilities of DirecTV-5? Or, how they operate together with multiple satellites in the same orbital position?