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Echostar 2


Designation 24313 / 96055A
Launch date 11 Sep 1996
Country of origin United States
Mission Telecommunications
Geostationary orbit see below
Launch vehicle Ariane V91

Launch opportunities had been reserved with Long March and Proton but finally after the numerous launch problems, Echostar choose Ariane for launch.

The total satellite, launch and insurance are estimated at $225 million The satellite entered service on 1st Nov 1996.


Begin End Position
L: 11 Sep 1996 Nov 2001 118.8°W
Dec 2001 Jul 2008 148°W

The channels used by this satellite were originally licensed to Directsat Corp. This entity was transfered from SSE Telecom to Echostar in Nov 1994. Directsat was licensed to provide 11 channels of eastern half-CONUS or full-CONUS DBS service on even-numbered channels 2-20, at orbital position 119° West and on channel 24 at orbital position 110°West, and 11 channels of western half-CONUS service on odd-numbered channels 1-21 at orbital position 175°West.

End of life

Out of service 14 Jul 2008
Cause Total failure

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Technical data

Lyngsat transponder loading


Prime contractor LM Astro Space
Platform GE-7000
Mass at launch 2800 kg
Mass in orbit  
Solar array  
Stabilization 3-axis
DC power  
Design lifetime 10 years


Main transponders 16
Backup transponders  
Power 130 W
Bandwidth 24 MHz
Coverage & EIRP max CONUS only: 53 dBW
(US Virgin Island: 1.8 m dish)
Polarization LHCP
Frequencies uplink: 17.3-17.8 GHz
downlink: 12.2-12.7 GHz

Ku-band DBS US frequency chart

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