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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. http://www.satbeams.com/satellites?id=2481. Retrieved 25 July 2010. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "EchoStar XV Mission Overview". International Launch Services. http://www.ilslaunch.com/assets/pdf/Echo-XV-Mission-Overview-final.pdf. Retrieved 25 July 2010. 
  3. Briel, Robert (11 July 2010). "Successful launch for Echostar XV". Broadband TV News. http://www.broadbandtvnews.com/2010/07/11/successful-launch-for-exchostar-xv/. Retrieved 25 July 2010. 
  4. Krebs, Gunter. "Echostar 11, 15, 16". Gunter's Space Page. http://space.skyrocket.de/doc_sdat/echostar-11.htm. Retrieved 25 July 2010. 
  5. Bergin, Chris (10 July 2010). "ILS Proton M successfully launches with EchoStar XV". NASAspaceflight.com. http://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2010/07/live-ils-proton-m-launch-echostar-xv/. Retrieved 25 July 2010. 
  6. "ECHOSTAR 15 Satellite details". REAL TIME SATELLITE TRACKING. N2YO.com. 11 July 2010. http://www.n2yo.com/satellite/?s=36792. Retrieved 25 July 2010. 

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