EchoStar X

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EchoStar X
Mission type Communication
Operator EchoStar
COSPAR ID 2006-003A
Mission duration 16 years (planned)
Spacecraft properties
Bus A2100AXS
Manufacturer Lockheed Martin
Launch mass 4,333 kilograms (9,553 lb)
Start of mission
Launch date 15 February 2006, 23:34:55 (2006-02-15UTC23:34:55Z) UTC
Rocket Zenit-3SL
Launch site Ocean Odyssey
Contractor Sea Launch
Orbital parameters
Reference system Geocentric
Regime Geostationary
Longitude 110° West
Perigee 35,780 kilometers (22,230 mi)
Apogee 35,792 kilometers (22,240 mi)
Inclination 0 degrees
Period 24 hours
Transponders
Band 42 J band

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 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]

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  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.