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Echostar 8



Designation 27501 / 02039A
Launch date 22 Aug 2002
Country of origin United States
Mission Telecommunications
Geostationary orbit see below
Launch vehicle Proton #296

High power DBS satellite with spot beam technology for local channels (15 spots max). The satellite is not insured for launch, only for in-orbit operations (for assets of $125 million).

Tested at 129°W, started service in Oct 2002 at 110°W. Replaced by Echostar 11 in late Aug 2008.

Two of the 12 stationkeeping thrusters died in Sep and Oct 2002. A workaround is used to maintain the orbit and more fuel is being consumed.

The satellite control operations was transfered to QuetzSat, S de R.L. de C.V. in April 2009. The FCC approved the transfer as of 22 Sep 2010.

Experienced an upset event on 30 Jan 2011 which caused the satellite to drift to 77.7°W.


Begin End Position
L: 22 Aug 2002 Sep 2002 129°W
Oct 2002 Sep 2008 110°W
Oct 2008 Apr 2016 77°W
Apr 2016 Apr 2017 77°W, inclined

End of life

Out of service Apr 2017
Cause sent to junk orbit

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Technical data

Lyngsat transponder loading


Prime contractor SS/L
Platform FS-1300
Mass at launch 4660 kg
Mass in orbit  
Solar array  
Stabilization 3-axis
DC power  
Design lifetime 15 years


Main transponders 32
Backup transponders  
Power 120 W TWTA
Coverage CONUS
+ 2 spot beam payloads
EIRP max  
G/T max  

Switchable to 16 transponders with 240 W power

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