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October 16th, 2014

DIRECTV 14's Voyage To French Guiana From SS/L Is Accomplished For Arianespace Launch

[SatNews] Space Systems/Loral (SSL) has announced that the DIRECTV 14 satellite, designed and built for DIRECTV, has arrived at the European Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, where it will be launched aboard an Ariane 5 launch vehicle by Arianespace.

DIRECTV 14 is a 20-kilowatt class Ka-band and reverse-band digital broadcast satellite that will be used to provide Ultra HD and other new consumer services.  It was designed with a very advanced beam forming network to provide service across the U.S. including Alaska and Hawaii and Puerto Rico. 

DIRECTV 14 in the high bay at SSL.

Photo is courtesy of SSL.

“I would like to thank DIRECTV for giving us the opportunity to build this powerful and complex satellite that will enhance entertainment and video services in North America,” said John Celli, president of SSL. “We are pleased that the satellite has arrived safely at the launch base and look forward to the launch later this year.”

“DIRECTV 14 shows our commitment to the latest in satellite technology, including the development of a full broadcast payload for Reverse Band DBS spectrum and the leading edge delivery of 4K UltraHD video services,” said Phil Goswitz, senior vice president, Space & Communications, DIRECTV.  “SSL is a strong and reliable partner and continues to play a key role in DIRECTV’s ability to deliver the best entertainment experience for its customers.”

DIRECTV 14 is based on the highly reliable SSL 1300 platform, which provides high-power and the flexibility to support a broad range of applications and technology advances. The satellite will be positioned at 99 degrees West longitude when launched and is designed to provide service for 15 years or more.

The Space Systems/Loral infosite may be accessed at http://www.sslmda.com/ for further information.