EchoStar And Arianespace Sign New Satellite Launch Services Contract
Companies Continue Successful Launch Collaboration
EVRY, France and ENGLEWOOD, Colo., Nov. 26, 2012
EVRY, France and ENGLEWOOD, Colo., Nov. 26, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --EchoStar
Corp. (NASDAQ: SATS) and Arianespace, SA, have reached an agreement to launch
multiple new satellites over a multi-year period from Europe's spaceport in
French Guiana. The new contract will provide EchoStar with launch capacity and
flexibility for its industry-leading satellite program.
"In July, EchoStar's wholly owned subsidiary, Hughes completed the successful
launch of EchoStar XVII with Arianespace, giving us confidence in
Arianespace's ability to execute on future launches," said Anders Johnson,
president of EchoStar Satellite Services. "The Ariane 5 vehicle has been a
reliable, flight-proven launch system. We look forward to relying on Ariane 5
to deliver on-time success in the execution of our near term expansion
"EchoStar is a global leader in satellite services, and our innovations have
contributed to the success of the direct-to-home services worldwide. With this
new Arianespace contract, we remain at the forefront of state-of-the-art DTH
services while significantly expanding transponder capacity," said Michael
Dugan, president & CEO for EchoStar.
EchoStar's relationship with Arianespace dates back to 1996, when the
companies successfully launched EchoStar II.
"EchoStar's renewed confidence in Arianespace is extremely gratifying to us.
This launch contract allows us to play a role in the expansion of EchoStar's
broadcast and data revolution. Our dedication to quality gives customers like
EchoStar a solid foundation for innovation and growth," said Jean-Yves Le
Gall, chairman and CEO of Arianespace.
In 2012, Arianespace performed eight successful launches at the CSG: six
Ariane 5, one Soyuz and one Vega. Starsem, its European-Russian subsidiary,
has also carried out a launch of Soyuz from the Baikonur cosmodrome. The
company has a Soyuz launch plus another Ariane 5 launch at CSG before the end
of the year.
Based on its launch performance and backlog of orders, Arianespace has been
the world's leading launch company for a number of years, capturing more than
50% of the commercial satellite launch market, equal to more than three years
For more information about EchoStar, please visit www.EchoStar.com.
For more information about Arianespace, please visit www.arianespace.com.
SOURCE EchoStar Corp.
Contact: Linda Haugsted, Bob Gold & Associates, +1-310-784-1040,
email@example.com; or Aaron Lewis, Arianespace, Inc., +1-202-628-3936,
firstname.lastname@example.org, or Mario De Lepine, Arianespace, SA, 01133160876015,
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