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May 14, 2013

International Launch Services and EchoStar Satellite Services Announce Contract

By Anil Sharma, TMCnet Contributor

International Launch Services (News - Alert) (ILS) and EchoStar Satellite Services, a wholly-owned subsidiary of EchoStar Corporation (SATS), providing advanced satellite communications solutions including video distribution, data communications and backhaul services for media and broadcast, enterprise, government and military customers, has announced a new launch service award for the ILS Proton launch of a future heavy-lift mission.

Over 6,900 kg weighing satellite is slated to be launched into geostationary transfer orbit on an ILS Proton Breeze M in the late 2015 or early 2016 timeframe from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

 “Less than six months ago, we launched the EchoStar XVI satellite, EchoStar’s 5th launch on an ILS Proton; in fact, it was fifteen years ago this month when we launched EchoStar IV, ILS’ first launch for EchoStar,” said Phil Slack, president, ILS, in a statement. “We are honored to be selected for this upcoming Proton launch and look forward to collaborating with EchoStar on this important mission.”

ILS is a major player in providing launch services for global satellite operators and offers a complete array of services and support, from contract signing through mission management and on-orbit delivery. It has exclusive rights to market the Proton vehicle to commercial satellite operators worldwide and is a U.S. company headquartered in Reston, VA., near Washington, D.C.

“We are pleased to continue our longstanding successful collaboration with the ILS and Khrunichev team and are confident in their commitment to mission success,” said Anders Johnson, president of EchoStar Satellite (News - Alert) Services.

Johnson said that this agreement provides the necessary flexibility and schedule assurance the company requires for the execution of the company’s fleet expansion programs.

Earlier in March, International Launch Services (ILS) and Intelsat (News - Alert) S.A., a provider of satellite services, had signed a contract for two firm ILS Proton launch missions.

Edited by Ashley Caputo

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