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#1 OFFLINE   Steve Mehs

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Posted 21 June 2002 - 07:10 AM

EchoStar is preparing for the launch of its next satellite, EchoStar 8, a flight that takes place late tonight or early in the morning Saturday, depending on your location.

The satellite will launch late Friday night Mountain Time (11:15) and Pacific Time, and early Saturday morning Eastern Time (1:15) and Central Time. Lift-off will take place from Kazakhstan, and the satellite will fly aboard a Proton rocket.

International Launch Services, backed by Lockheed Martin, is coordinating the launch. According to ILS, the bird will be located at EchoStar's orbital slot at 110 degrees. Space Systems/Loral built the satellite for the company.

The spot-beam satellite will allow EchoStar to expand local TV offerings and increase in-orbit backup capacity.

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#2 OFFLINE   David_Levin

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Posted 21 June 2002 - 01:54 PM

Are they going to show the launch?

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Posted 21 June 2002 - 03:03 PM

A search on "Echostar 8", "Loral" and "ISL" returned no results. A scan of ch 101 thru 2:00 a.m. ET time slot also yielded nothing.

OTOH, the June customer charlie chat will be rerun tonight at 10 ET. Which would I rather see? Hmmm...

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#4 OFFLINE   Richard King

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Posted 21 June 2002 - 03:41 PM

Per dealer chat this past Tuesday, Echostar 8 launches this Saturday morning at 1:15 Eastern. Launch coverage live on channel 101. Get your naps in so you won't be gouchy in the morning. :lol:
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#5 OFFLINE   SParker

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Posted 21 June 2002 - 09:48 PM

Just tuned to channel 101 and saw a poster saying it is delayed for 24 to 48 hours!

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Posted 21 June 2002 - 10:18 PM

I wish we had more news than that. Anyone know what the weather is like at Balkanore Cosmodrome? It could be as simple as weather being beyond the mission specs. It could be something technical.

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Posted 22 June 2002 - 07:20 AM

http://www.spaceflig...ar8/status.html
Payload problem. Something wrong with the satellite
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Posted 14 August 2002 - 04:04 PM

Do they have news on the new dish on dishnetwork.com?

#9 OFFLINE   Jacob S

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Posted 14 August 2002 - 04:41 PM

Darn, I wish they would get things fixed but at least they found the problem before it launched, bc there would have been a LOT longer delay than this if the satellite was destroyed. Sure would like to have my locals.

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Posted 14 August 2002 - 04:55 PM

EVIII now scheduled for launch 1:30am ET Tuesday 8/20.

That's Monday night 8/19 for a lot of us.
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Posted 14 August 2002 - 06:10 PM

And it will be broadcast on channel 101.
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