EchoStar Satellite Services



EchoStar Satellite Services L.L.C. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of EchoStar Corporation and is providing satellite communications solutions including video distribution, data communications and backhaul services for media and broadcast, enterprise, government and military customers. In addition, the company provides spacecraft operations and command and control services for EchoStar’s fleet of 24 owned, leased and managed in-orbit satellites.



History


EchoStar Communications Corporation is perhaps best known for its direct broadcast satellite (DBS) system, DISH Network, which was launched in 1996 and quickly became the fastest growing satellite TV service in the USA. The company also operates three interrelated business units:


-       Satellite Services; oversees satellite uplink, transponder space-usage, and other services for television customers and other satellite users.

-       EchoStar Technologies Corporation designs, manufactures, and distributes DBS reception equipment (set-top boxes and antennas).

-       EchoStar International Corporation, headquartered in the Netherlands, provides a range of satellite-related services throughout EMEA region, Australia, and Asia.


EchoStar was originally formed in 1980 by its chairman Charles Ergen as a distributor of C-band TV systems. In 1987, Echostar applied for a direct broadcast satellite (DBS) license with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and was granted access to orbital slot 119° W in 1992.

On December 28th 1995, EchoStar successfully launched its first satellite, EchoStar I. On March 4th 1996, Echostar established the Dish Network brand name to market its home satellite TV system.

In 1998, EchoStar purchased the broadcasting assets of a satellite broadcasting joint venture of News Corporation's ASkyB and MCI Worldcom. With this purchase Echostar obtained 28 of the 32 transponder licenses in the 110° W orbital slot, more than doubling existing CONUS broadcasting capacity at a value of US$682.5 million.

In that same year, EchoStar, in association with Bell Canada, launched Bell TV.

On September 25th 2007, EchoStar acquired Sling Media, Inc.

In January 2008, the Dish Network business was demerged from the technology and infrastructure side of the business. A split in the shares created two companies, DISH Network Corporation, which consists mainly of the DISH Network business, and EchoStar Corporation, which retains ownership of the technology side including the satellites, Sling Media, and the set-top box development arm.

On February 14th, 2011, EchoStar acquired Hughes Communications for US$1.3 billion.



EchoStar Europe


EchoStar has maintained a European business presence for over 20 years. With offices in the UK (HQ), The Netherlands, Ukraine and Spain EchoStar is one of the region’s leading digital TV operators with state-of-the-art hardware and software solutions.

In 1988 EchoStar commenced operations in The Netherlands where it began to build a strong development and distribution team to supply digital set-top box solutions into the European, Middle East and African markets. In 1994, EchoStar further developed its European operation with the addition of a commercial and after-sales office in Madrid to oversee the Spanish market and key customer Via Digital.

Later EchoStar wanted to rapidly expand its engineering base in Europe and acquired the UK based company Eldon Technology in 1999. Eldon Technology, founded in 1988, became part of the EchoStar family and added a substantial degree of digital TV expertise. In addition to serving customers including Via Digital, Cyfrowy Polsat and Telefonica Latin America, EchoStar Europe designed a number of award winning products for use on DISH Network and Bell’s ExpressVu service (now BellTV) in North America.

In a move designed to increase operational efficiencies, EchoStar’s three European operations including the engineering resources were brought together under the same trading name of EchoStar Europe in 2006.



Key dates:


2014 - EchoStar and SES signed an agreement with Airbus Defense & Space for the built of the SES-11 / Echostar-105 Satellite.

2011 - EchoStar acquired Hughes Communications in a deal valued at 1.3 billion USD.

2009 – EchoStar is nominated for 5 industry awards and wins product of the year award.

2008 - EchoStar Europe re-launches business to focus on EMEA opportunities.

2008 - EchoStar Corporation spins-off from DISH Network on NASDAQ (SATS).

2006 - Consolidation of European engineering teams, all European companies now trading as ‘EchoStar Europe’.

1999 - Acquisition of UK’s Eldon Technology adding to engineering base.

1998 - EchoStar acquires the assets of a satellite broadcasting joint venture of News Corporation's ASkyB and MCI Worldcom.

1998 - DISH TV reaches one million subscribers.

1996 - The company's DBS service, DISH TV Network, is launched.

1995 - The company's first satellite, EchoStar I, is launched from China.

1994 - Opening of 2nd office in Madrid, Spain to service Via Digital.

1988 - Opening 1st office in Europe (The Netherlands).

1987 - EchoStar founder Charles Ergen files for a direct broadcast satellite license with the FCC, and gets one five years later.




References

www.echostarsatelliteservices.com
www.echostareurope.com
www.wikipedia.com
www.fundinguniverse.com
www.spacenews.com   Peter B. De Selding posted on 19 May 2008
www.space.skyrocket.de
www.satbeams.com

 

 

Satellites:

EchoStar-1 (EchoStar I, USABSS-16)

Orbital Position: 77° W
Manufacturer: Lockheed Martin Space Systems
Launch date: 28 Dec 1995
Launch Operator: China Great Wall Industry Corporation (CGWIC) 
Launch vehicle: Long March LM-2E
Expected lifetime: 12 years

EchoStar-2 (EchoStar II)

Orbital Position: 148° W
Manufacturer: Lockheed Martin Space Systems
Launch date: 10 Sept 1996
Launch Operator: Arianespace S.A.
Launch vehicle: Ariane 42P
Expected lifetime: 12 years

Note: On July 14th 2008, Echostar made a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission that stated EchoStar II "experienced a substantial failure that appears to have rendered the satellite a total loss".

EchoStar-3 (EchoStar III, DBSC-1)

Orbital Position: 61.5° W
Manufacturer: Lockheed Martin Space Systems
Launch date: 05 Oct 1997
Launch Operator: United Launch Alliance (ULA)
Launch vehicle: Atlas 2AS
Expected lifetime: 12 years

Note: EchoStar-3 was originally ordered as DSBC-1 by Direct Broadcast Satellite Corp. that merged with a subsidiary of Echostar Corp. The satellite experienced many failures causing limited use. The spacecraft was replaced by EchoStar-12 (Rainbow-1).

EchoStar-4 (EchoStar IV)

Orbital Position: 77° W (inclined)
Manufacturer: Lockheed Martin Space Systems
Launch date: 07 Sept 1998
Launch Operator: International Launch Services (ILS)
Launch vehicle: Proton K
Expected lifetime: 15 years

Note: EchoStar-4 was intended to replace EchoStar-1 but suffered from anomalies. Echostar declared in 1999 the satellite as lost. The satellite was not licensed to serve customers in the United States. Echostar has placed the satellite in this Mexican controlled orbital slot to serve customers of its Dish Mexico service.

EchoStar-5 (EchoStar V, MCI-1, Sky-1A, Ciel-1)

Orbital Position: 148° W
Manufacturer: Space Systems/Loral (SS/L)
Launch date: 23 Sept 1999
Launch Operator: United Launch Alliance (ULA)
Launch vehicle: Atlas 2AS
Expected lifetime: 12 years

Note: EchoStar-5 was originally ordered by MCI as MCI-1. In 2005 the satellite was leased to Ciel Satellite Group in Canada and moved to 129° W and branded as Ciel-1. The satellite was End-of-Life (EOL) in 2009 and moved to a junk orbit.

EchoStar-6 (EchoStar VI, BermudaSat-1, MCI-2, Sky-1B, Ciel-2)

Orbital Position: 96° W
Manufacturer: Space Systems/Loral (SS/L)
Launch date: 14 July 2000
Launch Operator: United Launch Alliance (ULA)
Launch vehicle: Atlas 2AS
Expected lifetime: 12 years

Note: Originally ordered by MCI Worldcom to be named MCI-2, the EchoStar-6 satellite suffered from thrust failure in 2001 resulting in performance loss. It was leased to Bermuda’s telecommunication company to secure the orbital slot and renamed as BermudaSat-1.

EchoStar-7 (EchoStar VII)

Orbital Position: 119° W
Manufacturer: Lockheed Martin Space Systems
Launch date: 21 Feb 2002
Launch Operator: United Launch Alliance (ULA)
Launch vehicle: Atlas 3B
Expected lifetime: 12 years

Note: DBS-band satellite.

EchoStar-8 (EchoStar VIII)

Orbital Position: 77° W
Manufacturer: Space Systems/Loral (SS/L)
Launch date: 21 Aug 2002
Launch Operator: International Launch Services (ILS)
Launch vehicle: Proton K
Expected lifetime: 15 years

Note: DBS-band satellite.

EchoStar-12  (EchoStar XII, Rainbow-1)

Orbital Position: 61,5° W
Manufacturer: Lockheed Martin Space Systems
Launch date: 17 July 2003
Launch Operator: Arianespace S.A.
Launch vehicle: Ariane 5GS
Expected lifetime: 18 years

Note: Rainbow-1 was launched by Cablevision/Rainbow DBS and used for the Voom DBS service at 61.5° W until the satellite and transponder licenses were sold to Echostar in 2005. March 2006 saw DISH Network renamed it to EchoStar-12. It is co-located with EchoStar-3 at 61.5° W.

EchoStar-9 (EchoStar IX, Galaxy-23, Telstar-13)

Orbital Position: 121° W
Manufacturer: Space Systems/Loral (SS/L)
Launch date: 07 Aug 2003
Launch Operator: Sea Launch A.G.
Launch vehicle: Zenit 3SL
Expected lifetime: 13 years

Note: The EchoStar-9 satellite is jointly owned by Echostar and Intelsat. The Ku-band transponders are owned by Echostar and the C-band transponders by Intelsat and is branding under the name Galaxy-23 aka Telstar-13.
 

AMC-15 (GE-15)

Orbital Position: 105° W
Manufacturer: Lockheed Martin Space Systems
Launch date: 14 Oct 2004
Launch Operator: International Launch Services (ILS)
Launch vehicle: Proton M
Expected lifetime: 15 years

Note: SES AmeriCom (SES) operates the AMC-15 satellite. Echostar is leasing full capacity on the AMC-15.
 

AMC-16 (GE-16)

Orbital Position: 85° W
Manufacturer: Lockheed Martin Space Systems
Launch date: 17 Dec 2004
Launch Operator: Arianespace S.A.
Launch vehicle: Atlas 5
Expected lifetime: 15 years

Note: SES AmeriCom (SES) operates the AMC-16 satellite. Echostar is leasing full capacity on the AMC-16.
 

EchoStar-10 (EchoStar X)

Orbital Position: 110° W
Manufacturer: Lockheed Martin Space Systems
Launch date: 15 Feb 2006
Launch Operator: Sea Launch A.G.
Launch vehicle: Zenit 3SL
Expected lifetime: 15 years

Note: DBS-band satellite.

Spaceway-3

Orbital Position: 95° W
Manufacturer: Hughes (Boeing CSS)
Launch date: 14 Aug 2007
Launch Operator: Arianespace S.A.
Launch vehicle: Ariane 5ECA
Expected lifetime: 12 years

Note: Spaceway-3 satellite was owned and operated by Hughes Network Systems. Echostar acquired HNS in 2011. This Ka-Band satellite provides capacity for the HughesNet® service business in North America.

EchoStar-11 (EchoStar XI)

Orbital Position: 110° W
Manufacturer: Space Systems/Loral (SS/L)
Launch date: 15 July 2008
Launch Operator: Sea Launch A.G.
Launch vehicle: Zenit 3SL
Expected lifetime: 15+ years

Note: DBS-band Satellite.

EchoStar-13 (EchoStar XIII, CMBStar-1)

Orbital Position: -
Manufacturer: Space Systems/Loral (SS/L)
Launch date: -
Launch Operator: SpaceX
Launch vehicle: -
Expected lifetime: -

Note: Satellite was supposed to be launched to cover China with mobile video for handheld devices in S-band. China wanted to have the CMBStar available for the 2008 summer Olympics. According to EchoStar the satellite’s specs could not be met and the assembly was stopped. The CMBStar bus will be used for the in 2014 ordered EchoStar-23 satellite.

Solaris W2A (Eutelsat W2A, Eutelsat-10A)

Orbital Position: 110° E
Manufacturer: Thales Alenia Space
Launch date: 03 Apr 2009
Launch Operator: International Launch Services (ILS)
Launch vehicle: Proton M
Expected lifetime: 15 years

Note: The Solaris W2A carries Europe’s first S-band payload and intended to enable content providers to deliver a range of mobile TV, radio and other data content services for handhelds devices such as phones, PDAs, iPods and game consoles. The satellite was owned and operated by Dublin Ireland based Solaris Mobile, a joint venture between Eutelsat and SES in 2008. In January 2014 Echostar Corp acquired Solaris Mobile. In March 2015 the company was renamed Echostar Mobile.

Youtube: Watch the Solaris W2A (Eutelsat-10A) Satellite launch!

Nimiq-5

Orbital Position: 73° W
Manufacturer: Space Systems/Loral (SS/L)
Launch date: 18 Sept 2009
Launch Operator: International Launch Services (ILS)
Launch vehicle: Proton M
Expected lifetime: 15 years

Note: The Nimiq-5 satellite is owned and operated by Telesat Canada. Echostar is leasing capacity from on this satellite to serve the DTH subscribers in North America.

EchoStar-14  (EchoStar XIV)

Orbital Position: 119° W
Manufacturer: Space Systems/Loral (SS/L)
Launch date: 19 Mar 2010
Launch Operator: International Launch Services (ILS)
Launch vehicle: Proton M
Expected lifetime: 15 years

Note: EchoStar-14 satellite in DBS-band was designed to provide more spotbeams for local channels.

EchoStar-15 (EchoStar XV)

Orbital Position: 61,5° W
Manufacturer: Space Systems/Loral (SS/L)
Launch date: 10 July 2010
Launch Operator: International Launch Services (ILS)
Launch vehicle: Proton M
Expected lifetime: 15 years

QuetzSat-1

Orbital Position: 77° W
Manufacturer: Space Systems/Loral (SS/L)
Launch date: 29 Sept 2011
Launch Operator: International Launch Services (ILS)
Launch vehicle: Proton M
Expected lifetime: 15 years

Note: QuetzSat Srl Mexico operates and SES Satellite Leasing Ltd. owns the QuetzSat-1 satellite. Echostar is leasing full capacity from SES.

EchoStar-16 (EchoStar XVI)

Orbital Position: 61,5° W
Manufacturer: Space Systems/Loral (SS/L)
Launch date: 20 Nov 2012
Launch Operator: International Launch Services (ILS)
Launch vehicle: Proton M
Expected lifetime: 15 years

Note: The EchoStar-16 satellite provides services the DTH subscribers in North America.

EchoStar-17 (Jupiter-1, Spaceway-4)

Orbital Position: 107° W
Manufacturer: Space Systems/Loral (SS/L)
Launch date: 05 July 2012
Launch Operator: Arianespace S.A.
Launch vehicle: Ariane 5ECA
Expected lifetime: 15 years

Note: The EchoStar-17 Ka-band satellite provides 100Gbit/s of capacity to their HughesNet product. In Q4 of 2012 HughesNet began offering their Gen4 product. This product offers two way satellite Internet speeds of up to 15Mbit/s and data allowances up to 40Gb.

EchoStar-18 (EchoStar XVIII, USABSS-41)

Orbital Position: 110° W
Manufacturer: Space Systems/Loral (SS/L)
Launch date: 18 June 2016
Launch Operator: Arianespace S.A.
Launch vehicle: Ariane 5ECA
Expected lifetime: 15+ years

Note: This was Arianaspace 230th successfull launch from the Kourou launch site in French Guyana. EchoStar 18 was put in orbit in a dual launch with BRISat satellite operated by PT. Bank Rakyat Indonesia (Persero) Tbk.

YouTube: Watch the EchoStar 18 and BRISat satellite launch on YouTube! 

EchoStar-105 (SES-11)

Orbital Position: 105° W
Manufacturer: EADS Astrium (Airbus Defense & Space)
Launch date: Q4 2016
Launch Operator: SpaceX
Launch vehicle: Falcon 9
Expected lifetime: 15 years

Note: EchoStar-105 will be based on the Eurostar E3000 platform. Under an agreement between EchoStar and SES, EchoStar-105 will be equipped with a payload of 24 C-band transponders, known as SES-11 and operated by SES

EchoStar-19 (Jupiter-2, Spaceway-5)

Orbital Position: 105° W
Manufacturer: Space Systems/Loral (SS/L)
Launch date: 18 Dec 2016
Launch Operator: United Launch Alliance (ULA)
Launch vehicle: Atlas V
Expected lifetime: 15+ years

Note: Jupiter-2 has been ordered by Hughes Network Systems (HNS) a subsidiary of Echostar Corp. and is world’s highest capacity broadband Ka-band Satellite.

YouTube: Watch the EchoStar XIX satellite launch by ULA Launch operator! 

Spaceway-6

Orbital Position: 91° W
Manufacturer:  TBD
Launch date: Q4 2016
Launch vehicle: TBD
Expected lifetime: 15+ years
Note: -

EchoStar-23 (EchoStar XXIII)

Orbital Position: 105° W
Manufacturer: Space Systems/Loral (SS/L)
Launch date: 16 Mar 2017
Launch Operator: SpaceX
Launch vehicle: Falcon 9
Expected lifetime: 15+ years

Note: EchoStar-23 has been ordered by Hughes Network Systems (HNS) a subsidiary of Echostar Corp. and will utilize the long stored bus from the cancelled CBMStar 1 (EchoStar-13) satellite.

YouTube: Watch the EchoStar XXIII satellite launch by SpaceX Launch operator! 

EchoStar-21 (EchoStar XXI)

Orbital Position: 10° E
Manufacturer: Space Systems/Loral (SS/L)
Launch date: 08 June 2017
Launch Operator: International Launch Services (ILS)
Launch vehicle: Proton M
Expected lifetime: 15+ years

Note: EchoStar-21 is a state-of-the-art S-band satellite that will be utilized by EchoStar subsidiary EchoStar Mobile, Ltd. for mobile satellite services throughout Europe. It marked the first launch of Proton in nearly a full year, ending the longest break in the rocket’s five-decade service life following trouble with the vehicle’s 2nd and 3rd stage engines that ended up requiring extensive refurbishment work.

YouTube: Watch the Proton M launch with EchoStar XXI satellite from the Baikonur Cosmodrome launch site in Kazachstan.