Falcon-9 1.2V • EchoStar-23

Press Release

Next mission of SpaceX Falcon-9 1.2v will be performed in third quarter of 2016. On atop of Falcon we will see Echostar-23 satellite. It is broadcasting spacecraft built under contract between Echostar and Space Systems/Loral signed in 2014. Satellite is based on SSL-1300 bus which was originally manufactured for cancelled Echostar-13 satellite. Echostar-23 will be launched to provide additional support for Echostar constellation and serve as potential backup satellite. It will remain in space and operate with its Ku band transponders for at least 15 years.