Local and National HDTV Broadcasting
April 26, 2005
November 16, 2005
Kourou, French Guiana
||102.8 degrees W longitude and 99 degrees West longitude
Built on the powerful Boeing 702 model satellite, SPACEWAY™ 1 and 2 were manufactured for DIRECTV, Inc. and are among the most complex commercial satellite systems ever developed.
SPACEWAY 1, and its sister satellite, SPACEWAY 2, are among DIRECTV's next generation of direct-to-home broadcast satellites. The spacecrafts' adaptable spot beam technology and reconfigurable routing is allowing DIRECTV, Inc. to bring local high definition television (HDTV) service to most U.S. television households.
Stowed (left); In Orbit (right)
SPACEWAY 1 and 2 are the first of four Boeing-built Ka-band satellites DIRECTV has launched as part of its expansion of programming capacity. The expansions will enable DIRECTV to deliver more than 1,500 local and national HD channels and other advanced programming services to consumers nationwide.
SPACEWAY 1 was launched on April 26, 2005 aboard a Sea Launch Zenit 3L rocket. Launched by Arianespace on November 16, 2005, from the Guiana Space Center in Kourou, French Guiana, SPACEWAY 2 was the seventh Boeing-built satellite for DIRECTV. Together, the Boeing 702 model SPACEWAY 1 and 2 satellites exemplify Boeing's heritage of satellite design and commitment to delivering space-based solutions that enable its customers to expand their businesses.