DirecTV Satellite Launch Delayed

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The launch of DirecTV’s newest satellite, slated to take place Monday, has been delayed, according to officials.

Late Sunday afternoon Sea Launch, the sea-based mobile launching system, put a hold on the countdown for the launch of DirecTV 11, which had been set for 3:49 p.m. (PT) today, “to allow the team to study an issue,” according to the Sea Launch Web site.

“We’re still on hold,” Sea Launch spokesman Paula Korn said Monday. “We’re looking at some data."

She said she didn’t expect the delay to be long term, but did not anticipate a launch by Tuesday.

“This is not expected to have any impact on our HD expansion plans,” DirecTV spokesman Robert Mercer said.

DirecTV 11 is one of three Boeing 702-model satellites built for the satellite provider, and is one of the largest and most powerful Ka-band satellites built to date.

“The on-board technology of this direct-to-home satellite will enable DirecTV to continue to expand its massive capacity expansion and further strengthen its position as the leading provider of high definition programming,” Sea Change said in a press release Friday.

DirecTV 11 will be the fourth satellite that Sea Launch has deployed for DirecTV. The Odyssey Launch Platform is in the Pacific Ocean, on the equator 1,400 miles south of the island of Hawaii.

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