Friday, July 9, 2010

EchoStar XV Satellite Successfully Launched

International Launch Services (ILS) successfully launched the EchoStar XV satellite aboard a Proton rocket. The EchoStar XV launch was the 24th successful consecutive Proton launch in 24 months, and the second ILS Proton launch of a DISH Network satellite this year.

The satellite was built by Space Systems/Loral (SS/L) on the flight-proven 1300 platform, weighing 5,521 kg at separation. EchoStar XV, located at 61.5 degrees West, is poised to provide expanded services, including HD programming, for DISH Network's more than 14 million direct-to-home television subscribers in the U.S.

EchoStar Satellite Services, which manages DISH Network's space programs and will begin in-orbit testing of the satellite later this month.