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Lockheed-Martin (L-M) has won a satellite launch contract from EchoStar, for its EchoStar-19 craft (which is also known as Jupiter-2). The satellite is a very large, multiple spot-beam Ka-band satellite that will enhance the growing demand from EchoStar-owned broadband supplier HughesNet.
L-M will use a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket for the launch in late 2016, and which will take place from Cape Canaveral, Florida.
“This is an important launch to HughesNet customers and the Atlas V rocket makes it an ideal choice for this launch,” said Steve Skladanek, president of Lockheed Martin Commercial Launch Services. “The Atlas programme brings unmatched performance, reliability and schedule assurance for EchoStar and Hughes.”
“We are looking forward to the EchoStar XIX launch with Lockheed Martin Commercial Launch Services and appreciate the vast experience and expertise that they bring to the table as we work toward a mission success in late 2016,” said Michael Dugan, president and CEO of EchoStar Corporation.