EchoStar 17 is go

Everything is in place for the July 5 launch of EchoStar’s latest satellite, EchoStar 17 from the spaceport in French Guiana. An Arianespace ECA-5 giant rocket is standing by ready for lift off at 17.36 Washington time (18.36 in French Guiana) when the 30 minute launch window opens.
Arianespace is also carrying a meteorological satellite (MSG-3) for the European Space Agency.

EchoStar-17 is a Space Systems/Loral craft, and its mission is to supply broadband-by-satellite for EchoStar’s Hughes subsidiary, which includes businesses and governmental clients.

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