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EchoStar V Launch Rescheduled After Hurricane; Lockheed Martin Reschedules Launch of EchoStar Communications Satellite for Sept. 22

CAPE CANAVERAL AIR STATION, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sept. 17, 1999--EchoStar Communications Corporation (NASDAQ:DISH, DISHP) announced today that the launch of the EchoStar V communications satellite on a Lockheed Martin Atlas IIAS rocket has been rescheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 22 at 1:08 a.m. EDT from Cape Canaveral Air Station in Florida.

The launch, which was previously scheduled for last Monday morning, was postponed to allow engineers time to analyze an avionics unit that failed in factory testing and to prepare for impending weather associated with Hurricane Floyd. Since then, the avionics unit, a part of the Atlas launch vehicle control system, has been cleared and the hurricane has passed without causing any damage to the Atlas AC-155 rocket.

The launch of EchoStar V to its position at 110 degrees west longitude will mark a turning point in television history: it will add 150 more channels to the existing 350 channels available on EchoStar's DISH Network™, which will become 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 Wednesday, Sept. 22 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.

EchoStar Communications Corp., includes three interrelated business units:

- DISH Network™ is EchoStar's state-of-the-art DBS system that

will soon offer customers over 500 channels of digital video and

CD-quality audio programming, fully MPEG-2/DVB compliant hardware

and installation. DISH Network was rated number one in customer

satisfaction in the pay TV industry by the J.D. Power and

Associates 1999 Cable/Satellite TV Customer Satisfaction Study.

- EchoStar Technologies Corporation designs, manufactures and

distributes DBS set-top boxes, antennas and other digital

equipment for the DISH Network and various international

customers that include ExpressVu Canada and Telefonica's Via

Digital system in Spain. ETC provides construction, oversight and

project integration services for customers internationally. ETC

also oversees EchoStar Data Networks Corporation in Atlanta, a

leading supplier of MediaStream® technology for distributing

Internet content over satellite networks.

- Satellite Services provides the delivery of video, audio and data

services to business television customers and other satellite

users. These services include satellite uplink, satellite

transponder space usage and other services. Satellite Services

also administers SKY VISTA, a direct broadcast satellite service

offering popular digital satellite television programming to

viewers in Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico and the U.S. territories

in the Caribbean.

DISH Network currently serves 2.8 million customers and is a trademark of EchoStar Communications Corporation. DISH Network is located on the Internet at


CONTACT: EchoStar Communications Corp. Judianne Atencio, Dir. of Communications, 303/723-2010 e-mail: or International Launch Services Julie Andrews, 619/645-6400 KEYWORD: COLORADO CALIFORNIA INDUSTRY KEYWORD: ENTERTAINMENT

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