DIRECTV 11 Launch on Hold

Sea Launch, which is handling the flight of the DIRECTV 11 satellite, has put its mission on hold in an effort to study an unspecified issue, the launch services provider said on its Web site.

Testing aboard Sea Launch facilities in the equatorial Pacific was still in progress as of Monday. The next launch opportunity will be no earlier than Wednesday, the company said last night.

DIRECTV 11 is a 702-model spacecraft built by Boeing. The satellite, when combined with the DIRECTV 10 bird that launched in July, will provide the small dish company with capacity to support its efforts to deliver 150 national HD channels and 1,500 local high-def channels.