Spaceway F1

OperatorAT&T Communications
COSPAR ID2005-015A
SATCAT no.28644Edit this on Wikidata
Mission duration13 years
Spacecraft properties
Start of mission
Launch dateApril 26, 2005 (2005-04-26)
Launch siteOdyssey
ContractorSea Launch
Entered service2005
Orbital parameters
Reference systemGeocentric
Longitude103.0° West
Frequency500 MHz

Spaceway F1[1] is a part of AT&T’s constellation of direct broadcast satellites. The satellite was launched via a Zenit 3SL rocket from Sea Launch’s Odyssey equatorial platform on April 26, 2005. Its operational position is in geosynchronous orbit 35,800 kilometres (22,200 mi) above the equator at 103.0 degrees west longitude. SPACEWAY-1 is a Boeing 702-model satellite with a 12-year life expectancy. It provides high definition television to DirecTV customers with its Ka-band communications payload. DirecTV did not make use of the broadband capabilities on SPACEWAY-1 even though it was originally built by Boeing for this purpose.

SPACEWAY-1 is the heaviest commercial communications satellite (13,400-lb or 6,080-kg) ever put into orbit[2] until iPSTAR-1 (6,775 kg) was launched by Arianespace on August 11, 2005.

T10 is co-located with SPACEWAY-1 in order to use the 500 MHz of unused spectrum for HDTV broadcasting. This spectrum was originally intended for the broadband internet capabilities of the two SPACEWAY satellites which were disabled by Hughes at the request of DirecTV.

Spaceway F1 is currently only broadcasting 6 channels and is in a dormant state.


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