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ILS To Launch Echostar VII On Atlas

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    Click here from Bloomberg

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    Payload: Echostar VII
    Geostationary, direct broadcast television
    Separated mass: Approx. 8876 lbs (4026 kg)

    Launch Vehicle: Atlas IIIB, designated AC-204
    Dual-engine Centaur stage
    RD-180 engine
    Weight at liftoff: 493,542 lbs (223,867
    kg), including payload
    Fairing: 14 ft (4.3 m) diameter aluminum
    Height: 175.7 ft (53.6 m)

    Launch Date: Thursday, Feb. 21, 2002

    Launch Window: 61 minutes
    7:13-8:14 a.m. EST
    4:13-5:14 a.m. PST
    1213-1314 GMT

    Launch Site: Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla.
    Launch Complex 36, Pad B

    Customer: Echostar Communications Corp., Littleton,

    Satellite Manufacturer: Lockheed Martin Commercial Space Systems,
    Newtown, Pa.

    Launch Vehicle Atlas vehicle and Centaur upper stage
    Manufacturer: built by Lockheed
    Martin Space Systems in Denver, Colo.; San
    Diego, Calif.; and Harlingen, Texas.

    Launch Services
    Provider: International Launch Services, McLean,

    Satellite Use: High-powered direct broadcast satellite to
    enhance services for DISH Network(TM),
    EchoStar's state-of-the-art DBS
    entertainment service.

    Satellite Statistics: -- LMCSS A2100 model
    -- 14 years expected lifetime
    -- 7th satellite in Echostar fleet

    Mission Profile: Atlas IIIB parking orbit ascent trajectory
    design: 3-minute booster phase of flight
    powered by a throttleable RD-180 engine,
    followed by a two-burn Centaur mission
    using dual RL-10A-4-1B engines with
    extendible nozzles. Minimum residual
    shutdown mission design (all Centaur
    propellants burned to depletion).
    Satellite's own attitude and orbital
    control system will perform a series of
    burns to raise perigee to geosynchronous
    altitude, circularize orbit and reduce

    Spacecraft Separation: about 28.5 minutes after liftoff

    Orbital Parameters: Apogee Altitude: 29,412 nm (54,471 km)
    (@ Separation) Perigee Altitude:101 nm (187 km)
    Inclination: 22.91 deg
    Flight Azimuth: 178.58 deg

    ILS Mission Statistics: -- 1st ILS mission this year
    -- 1st flight of Atlas IIIB
    -- 2nd flight in Atlas III series
    -- 5th satellite launched for
    Echostar by ILS; 4th on Atlas --
    Atlas family has perfect record in
    58 consecutive flights

    All times are EST

    Media Briefing: There will not be a pre-launch press
    conference; instead, news media are
    invited to a post-launch briefing at noon,
    Thursday, Feb. 21, at the Radisson Resort
    in Cape Canaveral.

    Remote Camera Set-up: 3 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 20. Photographers
    should meet at Cape Canaveral Air Force
    Station Pass & ID Building for escort to
    Pad 36.

    Launch Viewing: Accredited press covering the launch
    should meet at the CCAFS Pass & ID at 5:45
    a.m. Thursday, Feb. 21, for Air Force
    escort to Press Site 1.

    Live Broadcast: Launch program will be carried on Telstar
    6, transponder 22/C-band, 93 degrees
    West, beginning at 6:40 a.m. EST.

    More Information: General mission information and a live
    webcast of the launch will be available
    on the ILS web site at www.ilslaunch.com.
    Launch status updates will be available
    on the ILS U.S. domestic Launch Hotline
    at 1-800-852-4980.
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    Anyone know if Dish is going to be covering the launch live on any channels? Didn't the broadcast the lauch of Echo4 when it went up?
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