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DirecTV 15

DirecTV 15 [EADS Astrium]

DirecTV contracted with EADS Astrium in November 2011 to design and manufacture the DirecTV 15, a new high-power telecommunications satellite to provide back-up capacity and fleet expansion for television services to US customers in homes and businesses.

Based on Astrium’s Eurostar-3000 platform, the new satellite, DIRECTV 15, will have a payload comprising 30 high power transponders in Ku-band, 24 transponders in Ka-band, 18 transponders in Reverse Band, and will be able to operate from up to five orbital locations from 99°W to 119°W, covering Continental US (CONUS), Alaska, Hawaii and Puerto Rico.

DIRECTV 15 was launched in May 2015. The spacecraft has a launch mass of 6205 kg, an electrical power of 16 kW and is designed to deliver more than 15 years of in-orbit operations.

Nation: USA
Type / Application: Communication
Operator: DirecTV
Contractors: EADS Astrium → Airbus Defence and Space
Equipment: 30 high power Ku-band transponders, 24 Ka-band transponders, 18 Reverse Band transponders
Configuration: Eurostar-3000
Propulsion:
Power: 2 deployable solar arrays, batteries
Lifetime: 15 years
Mass: 6205 kg
Orbit: GEO
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
DirecTV 15 2015-026A 27.05.2015 Ko ELA-3 Ariane-5ECA with Sky-Mexico 1
Further DirecTV missions: