Template:Infobox spaceflight EchoStar XV is an American geostationary communications satellite which is operated by EchoStar. It is positioned in geostationary orbit, and will be located at a longitude of 61.5° West, from where it is intended to provide direct broadcasting of high-definition television services to the continental United States and Puerto Rico for Dish Network.[1][2]

EchoStar XV was built by Space Systems/Loral, and is based on the LS-1300 satellite bus. It is equipped with 32 J band (IEEE Ku band) transponders,[1] and at launch it had a mass of 5,521 kilograms (Template:Convert/round lb). It has a design life of fifteen years,;[2] however, it is carrying enough fuel for around twenty years of operations.[3] It has a common configuration with EchoStar XI and EchoStar XVI.[4]

The launch of EchoStar XV was conducted by International Launch Services, using a Proton-M carrier rocket with a Briz-M upper stage. The launch occurred from Site 200/39 at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, at 18:40 UTC on 10 July 2010.[5] The launch successfully placed EchoStar XV into a geosynchronous transfer orbit.[2] Following separation from the rocket, it manoeuvred into a geostationary orbit with a perigee of 35,781 kilometres (Template:Convert/round mi) and an apogee of 35,805 kilometres (Template:Convert/round mi).[6]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 "Echostar 15". SatBeams. Retrieved 25 July 2010. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "EchoStar XV Mission Overview". International Launch Services. Retrieved 25 July 2010. 
  3. Briel, Robert (11 July 2010). "Successful launch for Echostar XV". Broadband TV News. Retrieved 25 July 2010. 
  4. Krebs, Gunter. "Echostar 11, 15, 16". Gunter's Space Page. Retrieved 25 July 2010. 
  5. Bergin, Chris (10 July 2010). "ILS Proton M successfully launches with EchoStar XV". Retrieved 25 July 2010. 
  6. "ECHOSTAR 15 Satellite details". REAL TIME SATELLITE TRACKING. 11 July 2010. Retrieved 25 July 2010. 

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