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We'll be totally honest -- we have absolutely no idea what significance lies in DirecTV "taking on-orbit delivery" of the DirecTV 11 satellite, but regardless, it has happened. Boeing announced today that it had done its part in delivering the bird to the satcaster, even though it launched back in...

July 21st 2008 at 9:13pm 0 Comments
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DirecTV looks to make the most of DirecTV 11's test period, before things go live in September, testing out an experimental payload at a second test location. While the satcaster collects readings on recently-allocated bandwidth and other satellite traffic to plan future launches (adding even more c...

June 20th 2008 at 4:51pm 0 Comments
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As our tipster Rob so eloquently put it: "Gentlemen, start your satellite." According to fresh documentation from the FCC, the agency has granted DirecTV "temporary authority" to operate its recently launched DirecTV 11 satellite and "conduct in-orbit testing." The satcaster will also be allowed to...

May 23rd 2008 at 2:10pm 0 Comments
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Just as soon as the HD clock began ticking, now we've got something to pencil in on our 2008 calendar. According to a new release from DirecTV, the recently launched DirecTV 11 satellite isn't expected to become "operational" (read: start dishing out new HD channels to more subscribers in more loca...

March 21st 2008 at 8:43am 0 Comments
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Normally, we wouldn't go out of our way to pass along news that a recently launched satellite had phoned home, but given the nervousness felt by many after DISH Network's AMC-14 failed to reach its intended orbit, we figured we'd toss out some extra reassurance. As of early this morning, the D11 sa...

March 20th 2008 at 1:51pm 0 Comments
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Unlike the AMC-14 launch that went awry just days ago, the DirecTV 11 launch went off sans a hitch. According to a new release on Sea Launch's website, D11 was "successfully delivered into orbit" after lifting off right on schedule, and all systems were said to have "performed nominally throughout...

March 19th 2008 at 10:20pm 0 Comments
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Unfortunately, the recently rescheduled launch of the DirecTV 11 won't make our list of things to watch in HD tonight, but for those anxious to see the sat provider's next bird take flight, here's the skinny. Today at around 6:30PM EDT (3:30PM for those of you on the left coast), live coverage is s...

March 19th 2008 at 2:48pm 0 Comments
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Confirming previously uncovered information, Boeing has officially announced the oft-delayed DirecTV 11 will launch tomorrow, in a 58-minute window starting at 3:48 p.m. (PDT). Hopefully everything is ready to go this time, we wouldn't want any unexpected issues causing further delays in getting mor...

March 18th 2008 at 4:16pm 0 Comments
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We aren't booking this one as fact just yet, but according to a database of upcoming launches, the recently delayed DirecTV 11 is now set for a March 19th liftoff. Based on Earl Bonovich's own snooping, he found that the setback was less of a disaster and more of a last minute checkup, so all that...

March 17th 2008 at 5:59pm 0 Comments
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Say it ain't so! Just hours after DISH Network's AMC-14 launch went awry, along comes word that the looming DirecTV 11 launch has officially been delayed (again, sort of). According to a blurb on Sea Launch's own website, the "mission is now on hold." Further reports clarify that an undisclosed "is...

March 17th 2008 at 11:19am 0 Comments
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Considering that DirecTV 11 was actually delayed until Q1 of 2008, we're a bit antsy to see it actually lift off this go 'round. Needless to say, the half dozen images of the rocket being rolled onto the launch deck and erected on the launch pad during final testing is a pretty good sign that thing...

February 27th 2008 at 11:14pm 0 Comments