Drifting ECHOSTAR 3 is recovered and put in graveyard orbit

by | Sep 7, 2017 | Satellites, Seradata News

While it was an old communications satellite, well past its original design life (it was launched in 1997 and had a design life of 13 years), EchoStar, continued to operate ECHOSTAR 3, mainly as a non-revenue-generating asset as a back-up for the rest of its fleet. However, all that came to an end in July when ECHOSTAR 3 experienced an anomaly, which caused communications with the satellite to be interrupted and intermittent.

ECHOSTAR 3 began drifting westward along the geostationary arc at a rate of 0.1 degrees per day from 87.2 degrees West inclined, and there were concerns that it might even collide with other spacecraft. However, to the relief of many, EchoStar Corp has formally announced that communications and command of the satellite have been re-established and it has now been formally retired and moved to a graveyard orbit 350 km above the GEO belt.

Artist’s impression of ECHOSTAR 3. Courtesy: Lockheed Martin


About Seradata

Seradata produce the renowned SpaceTrak Launch & Satellite Database. Trusted by 100 of the world’s leading Space organisations, SpaceTrak is a fully queryable database used for market analysis, failure/risk assessment, spectrum analysis and space situational awareness (SSA).

For more information go to www.seradata.com/spacetrak

Related Articles

US sanctions SPACETY for allegedly providing radar imagery to Russian privateer Wagner Group in Ukraine

While it was already known that US commercial spacecraft operating firms such as SpaceX and Maxar have been helping Ukraine, Read more

SpaceX Falcon 9 launches Starlink Group 5-2

On 26 January 2023, at 0932 GMT, a Falcon 9v1.2FT Block 5 successfully launched 56 Starlink Gen2 satellites from Space Read more

Tianwen 1 mission’s Zhurong-1 Mars rover may have expired in its sleep

SpaceNews reports (quoting the South China Morning Post) that the Zhurong 1 Mars rover as part of the Tianwen 1 Read more

Japan completes its first launch of the year of the radar reconnaissance satellite IGS RADAR-7

Kicking off its launch year, Japan has placed a radar reconnaissance satellite into near-500 km sun-synchronous low Earth orbit (LEO). Read more

New orders: Isar Aerospace, SpaceX, Raytheon, Advance Space and Clydespace

European launch service company Isar Aerospace and US-based Spaceflight, which offers rides to orbit for satellites, have announced a multi-launch Read more

Tom Cruise may have saved cinema industry with Top Gun-Maverick but he has even higher movie plans with space station studio module now ordered

While action film actor Tom Cruise has his detractors, you cannot say he is not successful. Recently starring in the Read more

Rocket Lab’s Electron KS rocket performs another successful launch – this time from the US East Coast

After another day's delay due to bad weather, a Rocket Lab Electron KS rocket successfully launched three 30 kg Hawk Read more

SpaceX Falcon 9 launches Starlink Group 2-4 from Vandenberg

At 1543 GMT on 19 January a SpaceX Falcon 9v1.2FT Block 5 rocket conducted its first Starlink mission of 2023. Read more