DirecTV has ordered three 702-series satellites from Boeing to provide US national and local high-definition television broadcast coverage. Two of the 15kW, 6,000kg (13,200lb) satellites, DirecTV 10 and 11, will be launched and one held as an on-ground spare. DirecTV has also ordered two Ariane 5 launches from Arianespace: one for broadband satellite Spaceway 2 in April 2005 and one for an unnamed direct-broadcast satellite.


Source: Flight International