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 satellite has a payload comprising 30 high power transponders in Ku-band, 24 transponders in Ka-band, 18 transponders in Reverse Band, and is able to operate from up to five orbital locations from 99° West to 119° West, covering Continental US (CONUS), Alaska, Hawaii and Puerto Rico.
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.
DIRECTV 15 was launched in May 2015 on an Ariane-5ECA rocket.
|Type / Application:||Communication|
|Contractors:||EADS Astrium → Airbus Defence and Space|
|Equipment:||30 high power Ku-band transponders, 24 Ka-band transponders, 18 Reverse Band transponders|
|Power:||2 deployable solar arrays, batteries|
|DirecTV 15||2015-026A||27.05.2015||Ko ELA-3||Ariane-5ECA||with Sky-Mexico 1|