Space Systems/Loral (SS/L) has announced that it shipped a communications satellite built for DISH Network L.L.C., the fastest-growing pay-TV provider in America, to the Baikonur Space Center in Kazakhstan, where it will be launched aboard an ILS Proton Breeze M vehicle provided by International Launch Services (ILS).
“This is the eighth high-power satellite that SS/L has completed and delivered since the beginning of last year,” said John Celli, president of Space Systems/Loral.
“We have a long history of providing reliable satellites for a broad range of applications. Repeat customers, such as DISH Network, underscore our ability to deliver on our promises and provide the world’s most powerful satellites.”
EchoStar XIV is a direct broadcast satellite designed to provide expanded high definition (HD) services and flexibility for DISH Network’s more than 14 million direct-to-home (DTH) television subscribers.
The satellite is based on SS/L’s 1300 platform, a decades-proven modular bus with the world’s highest power capability and the flexibility to support a broad range of applications and technology advances.
EchoStar Satellite Services, a subsidiary of EchoStar Corporation, is providing space program management services to DISH Network for the EchoStar XIV satellite. These services include managing satellite construction, launch vehicle procurement and integration, in-orbit testing, and delivery.
After launch of the satellite, EchoStar will deliver spacecraft telemetry, tracking, and control services through its multiple Spacecraft Operation Centers.