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DirecTV 4S

DirecTV 4S [Boeing BSS]

DirecTV, Inc. ordered DirecTV-4S, another Boeing BSS-601HP satellite, in December 1999. It is the fifth Boeing satellite to be built for DirecTV. It was successfully launched on an Ariane-44LP H10-3 on 26 November 2001 and entered service on 27 December 2001.

DirecTV-4S is the first spacecraft in the DirecTV fleet to use highly focused spot beam technology, which enables DirecTV to expand its local channel offerings in metropolitan markets. DirecTV-4S also further strengthens DirecTV's in-orbit redundancy.

DirecTV-4S operates at the Ku-band frequency and carries two payloads: spot beams for local channels, and a national beam payload. The spot beam payload uses a total of 38 traveling wave-tube amplifiers (TWTAs), powered by a combination of 30 watt, 45 watt, 65 watt, and 88 watt TWTAs. The national beam payload carries two active transponders with further capability for two active high power and six active low power transponders.

Nation: USA
Type / Application: Communication (Direct Broadcasting)
Operator: DirecTV
Contractors: Boeing
Equipment: 48 Ku-band transponders
Configuration: BSS-601HP
Propulsion: R-4D, 4 × XIPS-13 ion engines
Power: 2 deployable solar arrays, batteries
Lifetime: 15 years
Mass: 4260 kg
Orbit: GEO
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
DirecTV 4S 2001-052A 27.11.2001 Ko ELA-2 Ariane-44LP H10-3

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