EchoStar X


EchoStar X,[1] also known as EchoStar 10, is an American geostationary communications satellite which is operated by EchoStar on behalf of Dish Network. It is positioned in Geostationary orbit at a longitude of 110° West, from where it is used to provide direct broadcasting services to the United States.

EchoStar X
Mission typeCommunication
COSPAR ID2006-003A Edit this at Wikidata
SATCAT no.28935Edit this on Wikidata
Mission duration16 years (planned)
Spacecraft properties
ManufacturerLockheed Martin
Launch mass4,333 kilograms (9,553 lb)
Start of mission
Launch date15 February 2006, 23:34:55 (2006-02-15UTC23:34:55Z) UTC
Launch siteOcean Odyssey
ContractorSea Launch
Orbital parameters
Reference systemGeocentric
Longitude110° West
Perigee altitude35,780 kilometers (22,230 mi)
Apogee altitude35,792 kilometers (22,240 mi)
Inclination0 degrees
Period24 hours
Band42 J band

EchoStar X was built by Lockheed Martin, and is based on the A2100AXS satellite bus. It is equipped with 42 J band (IEEE Ku band) transponders, and at launch it had a mass of 4,333 kilograms (9,553 lb), with an expected operational lifespan of 16 years[2][3]

The satellite was launched using a Sea Launch Zenit-3SL carrier rocket flying from the Ocean Odyssey launch platform. The launch occurred at 23:34:55 GMT on 15 February 2006,[4] leaving Echostar X in a geosynchronous transfer orbit. Its orbit was then raised using an onboard LEROS-1C apogee motor, with insertion into geostationary orbit occurring at 20:50 GMT on 22 February.[5]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "EchoStar X". Our Satellites. Dish Network. Retrieved 2009-08-08.
  2. ^ "UCS Satellite Database". Union of Concerned Scientists. 2009-07-01. Retrieved 2009-08-08.
  3. ^ Krebs, Gunter. "Echostar 10". Gunter's Space Page. Retrieved 2009-08-08.
  4. ^ McDowell, Jonathan. "Launch Log". Jonathan's Space Page. Retrieved 2009-08-08.
  5. ^ McDowell, Jonathan. "Index". Geostationary Orbit Catalog. Jonathan's Space Page. Retrieved 2009-08-08.

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