The 4333 kg (9,553 lb) EchoStar X spacecraft, built by Lockheed Martin, is a high-power KU Band A2100-AX satellite with a service life of 15 years on orbit. Optimized for direct broadcast applications, EchoStar X is a new-generation satellite that will enable DISH Network to deliver expanded services for distribution of direct-to-home broadcast services to its U.S. customers.
EchoStar Communications Corporation, based in Englewood, Colorado, serves more than 11.7 million satellite TV customers through its DISH Network, the fastest growing U.S. provider of advanced digital television services in the past five years. DISH Network offers hundreds of video and audio channels, Interactive TV, HDTV, sports and international programming, together with professional installation and 24-hour customer service.
Lockheed Martin Commercial Space Systems, based in Newtown, Pennsylvania, markets, designs and builds geostationary and non-geostationary telecommunications and remote sensing satellites for customers worldwide. It is an operating unit of Lockheed Martin Space Systems, a core business area of the Lockheed Martin Corporation.