ILS Successfully Launches the EchoStar XVI Satellite

  ILS Successfully Launches the EchoStar XVI Satellite

       7^th ILS Proton Launch of 2012; 10^th Proton Mission in 8 Months

Business Wire

BAIKONUR COSMODROME, Kazakhstan -- November 21, 2012

International Launch Services (ILS), a leading launch services provider for
the global commercial satellite industry, successfully delivered the EchoStar
XVI satellite into orbit today on an ILS Proton for EchoStar Corporation
(NASDAQ: SATS). EchoStar is a leading global service provider of satellite
operations and video delivery solutions headquartered in Englewood, Colorado.

ILS Proton successfully launched the EchoStar 16 satellite from the Baikonur
Cosmodrome in Kazakhsta ...

ILS Proton successfully launched the EchoStar 16 satellite from the Baikonur
Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on November 21, 2012. (Photo: Business Wire)

The ILS Proton launched from Pad 39 within the Baikonur Cosmodrome at 00:31
local time today (November 20, 14:31 EST; 18:31 GMT). The ILS Proton vehicle
which consists of three stages, used a standard ascent profile to place the
orbital unit (Breeze M upper stage and the EchoStar XVI satellite) into a
sub-orbital trajectory. From this point in the mission, the Breeze M utilized
a standard five-burn mission to perform the planned mission maneuvers to
advance the orbital unit first to a circular parking orbit, then to an
intermediate orbit. After a 9 hour and 12 minute mission, the Breeze M
successfully released the EchoStar XVI satellite into geostationary transfer

The satellite was manufactured by Space Systems/Loral (SS/L) utilizing their
space-proven 1300 platform, weighing over 6.6 metric tons. EchoStar XVI is a
powerful direct broadcast satellite (DBS) that is fully leased to DISH Network
for use in its Direct-to-Home (DTH) services in the United States. When
launched, the satellite will be positioned at 61.5 degrees West longitude.
EchoStar XVI is the 24th SS/L satellite launched on an ILS Proton.

This was the 382nd launch for Proton since the inaugural flight in July 1965,
and the 76^th ILS Proton launch executed. The Proton Breeze M launch vehicle
was developed and built by Khrunichev Research and Production Space Center of
Moscow, one of the pillars of the Russian Space industry and majority
shareholder in ILS.

“With the successful launch of EchoStar XVI, ILS Proton has launched five of
the satellites in the EchoStar fleet. We are very proud to have served
EchoStar in their expansion over the past ten years,” said ILS President, Phil

About ILS and Khrunichev

ILS is a world leader in providing launch services for global satellite
operators and offers a complete array of services and support, from contract
signing through mission management and on-orbit delivery. ILS has exclusive
rights to market the Proton vehicle to commercial satellite operators
worldwide and is a U.S. company headquartered in Reston, VA., near Washington,
D.C. For more information, visit

Khrunichev, which holds the majority interest in ILS, is one of the
cornerstones of the Russian space industry. Khrunichev manufactures the Proton
system and is developing the Angara launch system. The Proton launches from
facilities at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, and has a heritage of
over 380 missions since July 1965. Khrunichev includes, among its branches, a
number of key manufacturers of launch vehicle and spacecraft components in
Moscow and in other cities of the Russian Federation. For more information,

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