Updated: 08 July, 2010

EchoStar XV communications satellite

SS/L 1300

Separated Spacecraft Mass:
Approx 5,521 kg (12,146 lbs)

Launch Vehicle: 
Proton M/Breeze M
705,000 kg (1,554,000 lbs), including payload
58.2 m (191 ft)

Launch Date: 
11 July, 2010

Launch Time:
00:40 Baikonur
18:40 UTC, 10 July
14:40 EDT, 10 July

Launch Site:
Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, Launch Pad 39

Launch Customer: 
EchoStar, Englewood, Co.

End User: 
DISH Network, Englewood, Co.

Satellite Manufacturer:
Space Systems/Loral, Palo Alto, Ca.

Launch Vehicle Manufacturer:
Khrunichev State Research and Production Space Center, Moscow

Launch Services Provider:  
International Launch Services, Reston, Va.

Satellite Use:
The EchoStar XV satellite will join DISH Network’s fleet of satellites that serve more than 14 million satellite TV customers in the U.S. From its location at 61.5 degrees west longitude, EchoStar XV will provide Ku-band services over the eastern continental United States. The DISH Network fleet has the capacity to deliver the highest quality programming and technology at the best value, including the lowest all-digital price nationwide. Customers have access to hundreds of video and audio channels, the most HD channels, the most international channels, state-of-the-art interactive TV applications, and award winning HD and DVR technology including 1080p Video on Demand.

Satellite Statistics:
__ 32 Ku-Band transponders
__Orbital location: 61.5 west longitude
__Anticipated service life: 15 years

Mission Profile:
The Proton M launch vehicle, utilizing a 5-burn Breeze M mission design, will lift off from Pad 39 at Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, with the EchoStar XV satellite on board. The first three stages of the Proton will use a standard ascent profile to place the orbital unit (Breeze M upper stage and the EchoStar XV satellite) into a sub-orbital trajectory.  From this point in the mission, the Breeze M will perform planned mission maneuvers to advance the orbital unit first to a circular parking orbit, then to an intermediate orbit, followed by a transfer orbit, and finally to a geosynchronous transfer orbit.  Separation of the EchoStar XV satellite is scheduled to occur approximately 9 hours, 13 minutes after liftoff.

Target Orbit at Separation:
Apogee: 35,786 km (22,236 miles)
Perigee:  6,030 km (3,747 miles)
Inclination: 18.7 degrees

Spacecraft Separation:
Approximately 9 hours, 13 minutes after liftoff

ILS Mission Statistics:
__7th Proton Launch in 2010/357th overall
__ 61st ILS Proton Launch
__5th ILS Proton Launch in 2010
__4th EchoStar Satellite Launched on ILS Proton
__15th Space Systems/Loral Satellite Launched on a Proton

Live Broadcast:
ILS Echostar XV Launch Complete Satellite Details:

ILS Echostar XV Live Launch Broadcast:
US Domestic C-Band satellite time from IMG will start at 13:40 July 10th for test signal
European test signals from IMG will start at 1340 Eastern, 23:40 Baikonur July 10th 2010
Baikonur to US signal starts at 13:10 Eastern, 23:10 Baikonur

Live Coverage starting at 14:10 Eastern July 10th, 00:10 Baikonur (July 11th) 2010
Launch is scheduled for 14:40 Eastern July 10th, 00:40 Baikonur (July 11th) 2010
Launch Broadcast concludes no later than 15:10 Eastern July 10th, 01:10 Baikonur (July 11th), 2010 – firm out

In North America the Broadcast May be Seen On:
C-band analog NTSC
Channel C8
Orbital location:  87 degrees West
36 mhz.
U/L frequency 6085.0 Horizontal
D/L frequency 3860.0 Vertical
Audio 6.8 and 6.2

In Baikonur and Europe the Broadcast May be Seen On:
Arqiva London receive via fiber from Washington and U/L to W2A
Satellite:  Eutelsat W2A
W2A B4 (H/V)
Channel: 4M9
U/L Freq: 14,406.5 Horizontal
D/L Freq: 11,106.5 Vertical
Video Std: 625 PAL .
No. Audio Channels: Audio: 1 Pair (2ch) .
Symbol Rate: 5.632 Msym/s
FEC: 3/4 FEC
Aspect Ratio : SD 4.3 (Default) .
Modulation : QPSK (Default)
MPEG: 420 MPEG 2
Encryption: No Encryption

Live Webcast Can be Seen At:

More Information: 
Live webcast will begin approximately 30 minutes before liftoff.  General mission information and launch status updates are available at the www.ilslaunch.com or on the ILS U.S. domestic Launch Hotline at 1-800-852-4980.

DISH Network will broadcast the launch live on its TV channel 101.

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