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EchoStar I
Mission typeCommunications
COSPAR ID1995-073A Edit this at Wikidata
SATCAT no.23754
Mission duration12 years
Spacecraft properties
ManufacturerLockheed Martin Astro Space
Launch mass3,287 kilograms (7,247 lb)
Dimensions4.08 × 2.22 × 2.54 m (13.4 × 7.3 × 8.3 ft)
Power5 kW
Start of mission
Launch dateDecember 28, 1995, 11:50 (1995-12-28UTC11:50Z) UTC
RocketLong March 2E EPKM
Launch siteXichang LC-2
Orbital parameters
Reference systemGeocentric
Longitude77° West
Semi-major axis42,164.0 kilometers (26,199.5 mi)
Perigee altitude35,780.7 kilometers (22,233.1 mi)
Apogee altitude35,806.7 kilometers (22,249.3 mi)
Inclination0.7 degrees
Period1,436.1 minutes
EpochMay 14, 2017
Band16 Ku band
Coverage areaContiguous United States

EchoStar I is a communications satellite operated by EchoStar. Launched in 1995, it was operated in geostationary orbit at a longitude of 77 degrees west for 12 or 15 years. The company has approved the transfer of the 77 degree west orbital position to QuetzSat as of September 22, 2010.


The launch of EchoStar made use of a Long March rocket flying from Xichang Satellite Launch Center in Sichuan province of the People's Republic of China. The launch took place at 11:50 UTC on December 28, 1995, with the spacecraft entering a geosynchronous transfer orbit. The spacecraft carried 16 Ku band transponders to enable direct broadcast communications and television channels through 0.5 meter dishes on the ground in the American continents.[1][2]


See also


  1. ^ Krebs, Gunter. "EchoSatr 1, 2". Gunter's Space Page. Retrieved May 14, 2017.
  2. ^ TSE. "EchoStar 1". Retrieved May 14, 2017.