SpaceX Launches EchoStar XXIII

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SpaceX Launches EchoStar XXIII.

On March 16, 2017, SpaceX's Falcon 9 successfully delivered EchoStar XXIII, a commercial communications satellite for EchoStar Corporation, to a Geostationary Transfer Orbit (GTO).

EchoStar XXIII is a highly flexible, Ku-band broadcast satellite services (BSS) satellite with four main reflectors and multiple sub-reflectors supporting multiple mission profiles. Initial commercial deployment of EchoStar XXIII will be at 45° West, and the Satellite End of Life (EOL) Power is 20 kilowatts (kW).

Falcon 9 lifted off from Launch Complex 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center at 2:00 am EDT, 6:00 am UTC.

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