EchoStar XV


EchoStar XV
Mission typeCommunication
COSPAR ID2010-034A
SATCAT no.36792
Mission duration15 years planned
Spacecraft properties
ManufacturerSpace Systems/Loral
Launch mass5,521 kilograms (12,172 lb)
Start of mission
Launch date10 July 2010, 18:40:36 (2010-07-10UTC18:40:36Z) UTC
Launch siteBaikonur 200/39
Orbital parameters
Reference systemGeocentric
Longitude61.5° West
Perigee altitude35,783 kilometers (22,235 mi)
Apogee altitude35,803 kilometers (22,247 mi)
Inclination0.01 degrees
Period23.93 hours
Epoch24 December 2013, 03:42:24 UTC[1]
Band32 J band (IEEE Ku band)

EchoStar XV is an American geostationary communications satellite which is operated by EchoStar. It is positioned in geostationary orbit, and will be located at a longitude of 61.5° West, from where it is intended to provide direct broadcasting of high-definition television services to the continental United States and Puerto Rico for Dish Network.[2][3]

EchoStar XV was built by Space Systems/Loral, and is based on the LS-1300 satellite bus. It is equipped with 32 J band (IEEE Ku band) transponders,[2] and at launch it had a mass of 5,521 kilograms (12,172 lb). It has a design life of fifteen years,;[3] however, it is carrying enough fuel for around twenty years of operations.[4] It has a common configuration with EchoStar XI and EchoStar XVI.[5]

The launch of EchoStar XV was conducted by International Launch Services, using a Proton-M carrier rocket with a Briz-M upper stage. The launch occurred from Site 200/39 at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, at 18:40 UTC on 10 July 2010.[6] The launch successfully placed EchoStar XV into a geosynchronous transfer orbit.[3] Following separation from the rocket, it manoeuvred into a geostationary orbit with a perigee of 35,781 kilometres (22,233 mi) and an apogee of 35,805 kilometres (22,248 mi).[7]

See also


  1. ^ "ECHOSTAR 15 Satellite details 2010-034A NORAD 36792". N2YO. 24 December 2013. Retrieved 25 December 2013.
  2. ^ a b "Echostar 15". SatBeams. Retrieved 25 July 2010.
  3. ^ a b c "EchoStar XV Mission Overview" (PDF). International Launch Services. Retrieved 25 July 2010.
  4. ^ Briel, Robert (11 July 2010). "Successful launch for Echostar XV". Broadband TV News. Retrieved 25 July 2010.
  5. ^ Krebs, Gunter. "Echostar 11, 15, 16". Gunter's Space Page. Retrieved 25 July 2010.
  6. ^ Bergin, Chris (10 July 2010). "ILS Proton M successfully launches with EchoStar XV". Retrieved 25 July 2010.
  7. ^ "ECHOSTAR 15 Satellite details". REAL TIME SATELLITE TRACKING. 11 July 2010. Retrieved 25 July 2010.