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DirecTV 12



DirecTV 12, a United States commercial communications satellite, was launched on a Proton rocket with a Breeze M upper stage from Baikonur on 29 December 2009 at 00:22 UT. This geosynchronous satellite will be stationed at 102.8° W longitude and will provide high-definition direct-to-home programming to customers in the United States. The 5900 kg DirecTV 12 satellite carries 131 Ka-band transponders and has an expected operational lifetime of 15 years.

Alternate Names

  • 36131
  • DirecTV12

Facts in Brief

Launch Date: 2009-12-29
Launch Vehicle: Proton
Launch Site: Tyuratam (Baikonur Cosmodrome), Kazakhstan

Funding Agency

  • Unknown (United States)


  • Communications

Additional Information

Questions and comments about this spacecraft can be directed to: Coordinated Request and User Support Office

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