Echostar 16 launch delayed
August 9, 2012
By Chris Forrester
Last Monday’s Proton rocket failure means that all launches from the Baikonur cosmodrome are suspended. This includes Echostar’s latest satellite, Echostar-XVI.
The satellite, originally expected to launch in September, is now to be stored at Space Systems/Loral’s Palo Alto facility pending results of the investigation board.
Michael Dugan, President/CEO of Echostar, told analysts that it is holding in reserve capacity on its Quetzsat satellite “until things get resolved with Echostar-XVI”.