DIRECTV Satellite Launch Back on Track

Apparently, Sea Launch solved whatever undetermined issue was plaguing the flight of DIRECTV 11 earlier this week. Lift-off of the bird is set for today, the launch services provider said.

As of press time late Tuesday, the launch was set for 3:48 p.m. Pacific Time, at the opening of a 58-minute window, Sea Launch said on its Web site.

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