EchoStar X

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EchoStar X
Mission type Communication
Operator EchoStar
COSPAR ID 2006-003A
SATCAT no. 28935Edit this on Wikidata
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
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. 

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