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EchoStar V Launch Delayed Due to Adverse Weather; Lockheed Martin Reschedules Atlas Launch For Sept. 23

CAPE CANAVERAL AIR STATION, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sept. 20, 1999--EchoStar Communications Corporation (NASDAQ:DISH, DISHP) announced today that the launch of the EchoStar V communications satellite has been postponed until Thursday, Sept. 23 at 1:07 a.m. EDT due to adverse weather conditions at Cape Canaveral.

The delay will not affect DISH Network's industry-leading service of over 350 channels. When launched to its position at 110 degrees West Longitude, EchoStar V will be a turning point in television history: it will add 150 more channels to the existing 350 channels available on EchoStar's DISH Network™ and will make DISH Network the first TV provider in the nation to offer 500 channels using a single small dish pointed at both the 110 degree W.L. and the 119 degree W.L. orbital slots.

The launch will be broadcast live on DISH Network on channel 100. The broadcast is also available live on Galaxy 6, Transponder 5 (C-band, downlink frequency 3800 MHz) starting with test signals at 12:30 a.m. EDT on Thursday, Sept. 23 and continuing through spacecraft separation approximately 30 minutes following liftoff.

EchoStar V was built by Space Systems/Loral of Palo Alto, Calif., based on its FS 1300 design.

Launch operations are provided by Lockheed Martin Astronautics at its Cape Canaveral Air Station Complex 36 facility. Astronautics is one of the operating elements of Lockheed's Space and Strategic Missiles Sector headquartered in Bethesda, Md. Mission management is provided by International Launch Services, from San Diego, Calif., which formed in 1995 to jointly market launch services on Atlas and the Russian-built Proton launch vehicles.

DISH Network is EchoStar's state-of-the-art DBS system that offers digital video and CD-quality audio programming, fully MPEG-2/DVB compliant hardware and installation. DISH Network is a trademark of EchoStar Communications Corporation and currently serves 2.8 million customers. DISH Network is located on the Internet at

     CONTACT:  EchoStar Communications Corp.              
               Judianne Atencio, Director of Communications                 
               Marc Lumpkin, Communications Manager              
               International Launch Services
               Julie Andrews, 619/645-6400

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