Coordinates: 0°00′N 61°30′W / 0°N 61.5°W / 0; -61.5
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Rainbow-1 → EchoStar XII
Mission typeCommunication
COSPAR ID2003-033A Edit this at Wikidata
SATCAT no.33207
Mission duration15 years (planned)
20 years, 8 months, 23 days (in progress)
Spacecraft properties
ManufacturerLockheed Martin Commercial Space Systems
Launch mass4,328 kilograms (9,542 lb)
Dry mass2,760 kilograms (6,080 lb)
Start of mission
Launch dateJuly 17, 2003, 23:45 (2003-07-17UTC23:45Z) UTC
RocketAtlas V 521 AV-003
Launch siteCape Canaveral SLC-41
Orbital parameters
Reference systemGeocentric
Longitude86.4° West
Inclination0 degrees
Period1,437.0 minutes
Band36 Ku band
Coverage areaContiguous United States

Echostar 12 (E*12), also known as Cablevision-1 and Rainbow-1, is a commercial communications satellite in geosynchronous Earth orbit. It was launched on 17 July 2003, as Rainbow-1, on the third flight of the Atlas V rocket from Cape Canaveral, Florida. Its original purpose was to transmit digital television streams for the ill-fated Voom high definition direct broadcast satellite network.

Part of the A2100 series of commercial satellites, Rainbow-1 was constructed by the Lockheed Martin corporation at an approximate cost of $100 million USD,[1] although this amount has not been verified. It is solar powered, has an approximate mass of 2,760 kilograms (6,080 lb) (launch vehicle mass 4,328 kilograms [9,542 lb]), and is capable of transmitting on the C- and Ku bands.

EchoStar (Dish Network spin off) now owns the satellite. The satellite was renamed Echostar 12 (or E*12) in March 2006.

EchoStar 12 is still in orbit and located at 61.5 degrees West longitude, over the Earth's equator.[2][3] It is currently being used for Dish Network HDTV television signals, transmitted using DVB, on the Ku band transponders. The satellite has lost some capability due to degradation of its solar power system.[4]


  1. ^ "As 2100". Archived from the original on 2013-07-19.
  2. ^ Lyngsat. "Lyngsat". Archived from the original on 2016-03-03. Retrieved 2017-11-28.
  3. ^ SatBeams. "EchoStar 12 (Rainbow 1, Cablevision 1)". Retrieved 2017-11-28.
  4. ^ P. deSelding, "Solar Array Power Failure Limits Use of EchoStar 12 Satellite," Space News 8/31/2009, page 32. web version; see also 19 May 2009

0°00′N 61°30′W / 0°N 61.5°W / 0; -61.5