EchoStar XV (EchoStar-15) at 62° West
|Manufacturer:||Space Systems/Loral (SS/L)|
|Launch vehicle:||Proton M/Breeze|
|Expected lifetime:||15+ Years|
In April 2008 satellite operator EchoStar ordered their EchoStar-15 satellite with Space Systems/Loral (SS/L). EchoStar 15 is a Direct Broadcast Service (DBS) satellite built for EchoStar Corporation and will be leased to DISH Network. This next-generation, Ka-Band, high-throughput satellite is located at 61.5° West Longitude and provides capacity for North America. The satellite utilizes SS/L’s flight-proven SSL-1300 spacecraft bus.
The satellite was launched on July 10th, 2010, on a Proton M rocket, operated by launch operator ILS from the Baikonour Cosmodrome launch site in Kazachstan.