SSL selected by Hughes to build high capacity Ka-band broadband satellite

  SSL selected by Hughes to build high capacity Ka-band broadband satellite

PR Newswire

PALO ALTO, CA, March 21, 2013

JUPITER™ 2/EchoStar XIX to provide 50 percent more throughput than EchoStar
XVII launched last summer

PALO ALTO, CA, March 21, 2013 /PRNewswire/ - Space Systems/Loral (SSL), today
announced that it has been selected by Hughes Network Systems, LLC (Hughes), a
wholly owned subsidiary of EchoStar Corporation (NASDAQ: SATS) to build what
will be the world's highest capacity broadband satellite—JUPITER 2/EchoStar
XIX. The new Ka-band satellite will help meet the growing demand for
HughesNet^® Gen4 high-speed satellite Internet service in North America, with
50 percent more capacity than EchoStar XVII, also known as JUPITER 1, which
was launched in July 2012.

"Hughes is a pioneer in providing satellite broadband to the consumer market
and there is an excellent spirit of teamwork between our companies," said John
Celli, president of SSL. "JUPITER 2/EchoStar XIX will be the highest capacity
broadband satellite ever built, as a result of technology advances from both
our companies."

JUPITER 2/EchoStar XIX is a large, multi-spot beam Ka-band satellite based on
the highly reliable SSL 1300 space-proven platform, which provides the
flexibility to support a broad range of applications and technology advances.
SSL is the leader in building high-throughput broadband satellites with four
decades of Ka-band experience. The satellite is designed to provide service
for 15 years or longer and is planned to be launched in mid-2016.

"We are very glad to once again work with SSL's innovative use of spotbeam
technology to leapfrog prior capabilities," said Pradman Kaul, president of
Hughes. "EchoStar XVII is performing very well on orbit and record growth of
our HughesNet Gen4 high-speed Internet service has given us the confidence
that we need for continued fleet expansion."

About Hughes Network Systems
Hughes Network Systems, LLC (Hughes) is the world's leading provider of
satellite broadband for home and office, delivering innovative network
technologies, managed services, and solutions for enterprises and governments
globally. HughesNet is the #1 high-speed satellite Internet service in the
marketplace, with offerings to suit every budget. To date, Hughes has shipped
more than 3.3 million systems to customers in over 100 countries, representing
over 50 percent market share. Headquartered outside Washington, D.C., in
Germantown, Maryland, USA, Hughes operates sales and support offices
worldwide, and is a wholly owned subsidiary of EchoStar Corporation (NASDAQ:
SATS), a premier global provider of satellite operations and digital TV
solutions. For additional information about Hughes, please visit

About SSL
SSL has a long history of delivering reliable satellites and spacecraft
systems for commercial and government customers around the world. As the
world's leading provider of commercial satellites, the company works closely
with satellite operators to provide spacecraft for a broad range of services
including television and radio distribution, digital audio radio, broadband
Internet, and mobile communications. Billions of people around the world
depend on SSL satellites every day. For more information, visit

Forward-Looking Statements
This news release contains forward-looking statements and information, which
reflect the current view of Space Systems/Loral (SSL) with respect to future
events and financial performance. When used in this news release, the words
"believes", "expects", "plans", "may", "will", "would", "could", "should",
"anticipates", "estimates", "project", "intend" or "outlook" or other
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identify forward-looking statements and information. Actual results may differ
materially from the expectations expressed or implied in the forward-looking
statements as a result of known and unknown risks and uncertainties. Known
risks and uncertainties include but are not limited to: risks associated with
operating satellites and providing satellite services, including satellite
construction or launch delays, launch failures, in-orbit failures or impaired
satellite performance; risks associated with satellite manufacturing,
including competition, cyclicality of SSL's end-user markets, contractual
risks, creditworthiness of customers, performance of suppliers and management
of SSL's factory and personnel; risk associated with financial factors such as
volatility in exchange rates, increases in interest rates, restrictions on
access to capital, and swings in global financial markets; risks associated
with domestic and foreign government regulation, including export controls and
economic sanctions; and other risks, including litigation. The foregoing list
of important factors is not exhaustive. The information contained in this news
release reflects SSL's beliefs, assumptions, intentions, plans and
expectations as of the date of this news release. Except as required by law,
SSL disclaims any obligation or undertaking to update or revise the
information herein.



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