- Sep 8, 2003
From our friends at SkyReport.com
Once it delivers Loral Skynet's Telstar 14/Estrela do Sul 1 satellite in January, Sea Launch said it will prepare the launch of DirecTV's next satellite, DirecTV 7-S.
No specific date was given by the companies. But once the Loral mission is complete, Sea Launch said it will immediately initiate operations to launch the Space Systems/Loral-built DirecTV-7S satellite. The DirecTV flight will be Sea Launch's second mission for the satellite TV company, following Sea Launch's maiden commercial mission in October 1999 with the DirecTV 1-R spacecraft.
Space Systems/Loral, a subsidiary of Loral Space and Communications, said it recently shipped the Telstar 14/Estrela do Sul 1 satellite to the Sea Launch Home Port in Long Beach, Calif., where it will be prepared for the early January launch. More than 50 percent of the satellite's power will be dedicated to Brazil, and it will operate at 63 degrees West.
In the spring, following the DirecTV flight, Sea Launch said it will lift Loral's Telstar 18 satellite into orbit. Loral and APT Satellite will use the spacecraft.