TS News - Echostar-III At 61.5E

TELE-satellit News, 21 October 1997

Echostar-III At 61.5E
  ENGLEWOOD, Colorada, 97/10/21 (TS) -- EchoStar Communications Corporation
says its new satellite, EchoStar III, has reached its final orbit at 61.5
degrees West. The satellite was launched on October 5, 1997, from Cape

  Final standard geostationary orbit was achieved after approximately 15
days of various spacecraft maneuvers managed and implemented by Lockheed
Martin, the manufacturer of EchoStar's fleet of satellites. EchoStar III
was placed in its final location at 61.5 degrees West after completing a
series of LAE (Liquid Apogee Engine) thruster burns.  The solar panels and
antennas were successfully deployed, as expected, on October 15, 1997.
In-orbit payload testing will begin on October 21, and is expected to
continue for several weeks.  

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