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DISH Satellite Ready to Fly

Discussion in 'General DISH™ Discussion' started by Steve Mehs, Jun 21, 2002.

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  1. Steve Mehs

    Steve Mehs Hall Of Fame

    Mar 21, 2002
    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.

    From SkyReport (Used with Permission)
  2. David_Levin

    David_Levin Icon/Supporter DBSTalk Gold Club

    Apr 22, 2002
    Are they going to show the launch?
  3. Nick

    Nick Retired, part-time PITA DBSTalk Club

    Apr 23, 2002
    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...

    Nick :smoking:
  4. Richard King

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    Mar 25, 2002
    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:
  5. SParker

    SParker Active Member

    Apr 27, 2002
    Just tuned to channel 101 and saw a poster saying it is delayed for 24 to 48 hours!
  6. TNGTony

    TNGTony Hall Of Fame

    Mar 23, 2002
    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.

    See ya
  7. Richard King

    Richard King Hall Of Fame

    Mar 25, 2002
  8. DeadlyYoink

    DeadlyYoink New Member

    Aug 10, 2002
    Do they have news on the new dish on dishnetwork.com?
  9. Jacob S

    Jacob S Hall Of Fame

    Apr 14, 2002
    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.
  10. HTguy

    HTguy Icon

    May 6, 2002
    EVIII now scheduled for launch 1:30am ET Tuesday 8/20.

    That's Monday night 8/19 for a lot of us.
  11. DarrellP

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    Apr 24, 2002
    And it will be broadcast on channel 101.
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