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Atlas V EchoStar XIX Mission Overview


Atlas V EchoStar XIX Mission ArtworkRocket/Payload:  A United Launch Alliance Atlas V 431 configuration rocket will launch the EchoStar XIX mission for Hughes. The Atlas V is provided by Lockheed Martin Commercial Launch Services.

Date/Site/Launch Time:Sunday, Dec. 18, 2016, from Space Launch Complex (SLC)-41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida. The two-hour launch window opens at 1:27 p.m. EST.

Live Broadcast: Tune in to ULA’s live launch day broadcast at 1:07 p.m. EST.

Launch Notes: EchoStar XIX will mark the 68th launch of the Atlas V rocket and the third in the 431 configuration. This mission will be ULA’s 12th of 2016 and the 115th since the company was formed 10 years ago.

Mission Description: EchoStar XIX will be the world’s highest capacity broadband satellite in orbit, dramatically increasing capacity for HughesNet® high-speed satellite Internet service to homes and businesses in North America. This large, multi-spot beam Ka-band satellite, based on the powerful SSL 1300 platform, will be stationed at 97.1 degrees West longitude. Building from their experience on the highly successful EchoStar XVII broadband satellite, SSL and Hughes collaboratively engineered thespecific design details of this payload for optimum performance.

Launch Updates: To keep up to speed with updates to the launch countdown, dial the ULA launch hotline at 1-877-852-4321 or join the conversation at www.facebook.com/ulalaunch, twitter.com/ulalaunch and instagram.com/ulalaunch; hashtags #EchoStarXIX and #AtlasV.

Go Atlas! Go Centaur! Go EchoStar XIX!