10.19.2006 08:00 AM
New DIRECTV satellite reaches orbit

DIRECTV 9S, a high-power, flexible, hybrid Direct Broadcast Satellite (DBS) was successfully launched Oct. 13 aboard an Ariane 5 ECA rocket from Europe's Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana

Built by Space Systems/Loral, DIRECTV 9S will be positioned at 101 degrees west longitude. The satellite is fitted with 52 high-power Ku-band transponders and two Ka-band transponders and is designed for a 15-year life.

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“Will there be a shift from coax to fibre? Or a mixture between the two which will require hybrid solutions to be implemented?”

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