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
--30--djm/dx* CONTACT: EchoStar Communications Corp. Judianne Atencio, Director of Communications 303/723-2010 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or Marc Lumpkin, Communications Manager 303/723-2020 e-mail: email@example.com or International Launch Services Julie Andrews, 619/645-6400 KEYWORD: COLORADO FLORIDA INDUSTRY KEYWORD: ENTERTAINMENT COMED COMPUTERS/ELECTRONICS TELECOMMUNICATIONS AEROSPACE/DEFENSE