Dish Network's EchoStar XVI satellite takes orbit

Three months after a rocket failure prompted it to delay its satellite launch, EchoStar said that it successfully launched a Ku-band satellite from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Tuesday.

Echostar XVI launch

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Corporate sibling Dish Network (Nasdaq: DISH) plans to lease every transponder on the EchoStar XVI bird, which the company said will allow it to expand its high-definition programming lineup. EchoStar said the satellite was placed into geosynchronous orbit after a nine-hour flight, and that it will be maneuvered into orbit 22,300 miles above the earth at 61.5° west longitude.

EchoStar had planned to launch the satellite in September, but delayed the launch after a Russian rocket similar to the Proton rocket used by the EchoStar satellite failed, stranding two communications satellites in low orbit.

"Yesterday's launch of EchoStar XVI was a great success and we extend many thanks to our partners at Space Systems Loral, ILS and the very capable ground team in Baikonur for another job well done," EchoStar CEO Mike Dugan said in a statement.

For more:

- see video of the launch
- see the news release

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