EchoStar XVII

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EchoStar XVII
Mission typeCommunication
COSPAR ID2012-035A Edit this at Wikidata
SATCAT no.38551
Mission durationPlanned: 15 years
Elapsed: 11 years, 2 months, 17 days
Spacecraft properties
ManufacturerSpace Systems/Loral
Launch mass6,100 kilograms (13,400 lb)
Start of mission
Launch date5 July 2012, 21:36 (2012-07-05UTC21:36) UTC
RocketAriane 5ECA
Launch siteKourou ELA-3
Orbital parameters
Reference systemGeocentric
Longitude107.1° West
Perigee altitude35,781 kilometers (22,233 mi)[1]
Apogee altitude35,804 kilometers (22,248 mi)[1]
Inclination0.01 degrees[1]
Period1436.10 minutes[1]
Epoch25 January 2015, 05:22:59 UTC[1]
Band60 Ka band (NATO K band)

EchoStar XVII or EchoStar 17, also known as Jupiter 1,[2] is an American geostationary high throughput communications satellite which is operated by Hughes Network Systems, a subsidiary of EchoStar. It is positioned in geostationary orbit at a longitude of 107.1° West,[3] from where it is used for satellite internet access over HughesNet.[4]

EchoStar XVII was built by Space Systems/Loral,[5] and is based on the LS-1300 satellite bus.[2] It measures 8.0 metres (26.2 ft) by 3.2 metres (10 ft) by 3.1 metres (10 ft), with 26.07-meter (85.5 ft) solar arrays which were deployed after launch, and generates a minimum of 16.1 kilowatts of power.[3] The spacecraft had a mass at liftoff of 6,100 kilograms (13,400 lb), and is expected to operate for fifteen years.[2] It carries sixty Ka band (NATO K band) transponders which is used to cover North America.[3]

EchoStar XVII was launched by Arianespace, using an Ariane 5ECA carrier rocket flying from ELA-3 at Kourou. The spacecraft was launched at 21:36 UTC on 5 July 2012.[6] The MSG-3 weather satellite was launched aboard the same rocket, mounted below EchoStar XVII, which was atop a Sylda 5 adaptor.[3] The launch successfully placed both satellites into a geosynchronous transfer orbit. EchoStar XVII used its own propulsion system to manoeuvre into a geostationary orbit.[4]

Path to geostationary orbit[edit]

Animation of EchoStar XVII's trajectory from 5 July 2012 to 19 July 2012
  EchoStar XVII ·   Earth
Animation of EchoStar XVII's trajectory Equatorial view from 5 July 2012 to 19 July 2012

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e "ECHOSTAR 17 Satellite details 2012-035A NORAD 38551". N2YO. 25 January 2015. Retrieved 25 January 2015.
  2. ^ a b c Krebs, Gunter. "Echostar 17 / Jupiter 1". Gunter's Space Page. Retrieved 9 July 2012.
  3. ^ a b c d "A Dual Launch for Internet and Weather Satellites" (PDF). Arianespace. Archived from the original (PDF) on 16 July 2012. Retrieved 9 July 2012.
  4. ^ a b "Hughes EchoStar XVII Satellite with JUPITER™ High Throughput Technology Successfully Launched". EchoStar. 6 July 2012. Archived from the original on 19 December 2014. Retrieved 8 July 2012.
  5. ^ "EchoStar XVII". Space Systems/Loral. Archived from the original on 18 June 2012. Retrieved 8 July 2012.
  6. ^ Bergin, Chris (5 July 2012). "Ariane 5 ECA launches with MSG-3 and EchoStar XVII". Retrieved 9 July 2012.