Wednesday, February 15, 2006

EchoStar X Satellite Launched Successfully

The EchoStar X telecommunications satellite was successfully launched aboard a Sea Launch Zenit- 3SL launch vehicle from the Equator.

EchoStar X was designed and built by Lockheed Martin. It will operate from 110 degrees west and is designed for a minimum service life of 15 years. EchoStar X is the 27th of Lockheed Martin's award-winning A2100 series of spacecraft delivered to satellite operators around the world. EchoStar X also represents the sixth spacecraft Lockheed Martin has delivered to EchoStar, which include EchoStar I through EchoStar IV and EchoStar VII.

EchoStar X features a Ku-band direct broadcast (DBS) payload optimized to provide additional bandwidth for more satellite TV services for DISH Network customers. Used in conjunction with other EchoStar satellites, EchoStar X enables DISH Network to expand services and channel offerings for its customers nationwide.



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