EchoStar VIII


EchoStar VIII was an American geostationary communications satellite which is operated by EchoStar. It is positioned in geostationary orbit at a longitude of 77° West, from where it is used to provide high-definition television direct broadcasting services to the Contiguous United States.

EchoStar VII
Mission typeCommunication
COSPAR ID2002-039A Edit this at Wikidata
SATCAT no.27501
Mission duration12 years planned
Spacecraft properties
Launch mass4,660 kg (10,270 lb)
Start of mission
Launch dateAugust 22, 2002, 05:15 (2002-08-22UTC05:15Z) UTC
Launch siteBaikonur 81/23
End of mission
DeactivatedApril 16, 2017 (2017-04-17)
Orbital parameters
Reference systemGeocentric
Longitude77° West
Band32 Ku band
Coverage areaContiguous United States and Mexico

EchoStar VIII was built by Space Systems/Loral, and is based on the LS-1300 satellite bus. It is equipped with 32 Ku band transponders,[1] and at launch it had a mass of 4,660 kilograms (10,270 lb), with an expected operational lifespan of around 12 years. The launch occurred from Baikonur Cosmodrome on 22 August 2002.

The satellite experienced an anomaly on April 16, 2017 and was moved to the graveyard orbit.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Echostar VIII". SatBeams. Retrieved 28 November 2017.