Hughes to Support FIRST® Robotics Competition for Seventh Year

        Hughes to Support FIRST® Robotics Competition for Seventh Year

Annual Event Promotes STEM Education, Mentors Future Leaders

PR Newswire

GERMANTOWN, Md., March 26, 2013

GERMANTOWN, Md., March 26, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Hughes Network Systems, LLC
(HUGHES), the global leader in broadband satellite solutions and services,
today announced it will support the For Inspiration and Recognition of Science
and Technology (FIRST) Robotics Competition for the seventh consecutive year.
Hughes is sponsoring the DC Regional competition and will participate in
judging the Chesapeake Regional competition. The DC Regional competition will
be held March 28-30, 2013 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in
Washington, DC. The Chesapeake Regional competition will be held April 11-13,
2013 at the Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore, Maryland. Winners of
the regional competitions will participate in the FIRST Championship being
held April 24-27, 2013 at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis, Missouri.

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"Technology enables greater connectedness, powers the global economy and
advances our standards of living," said Dr. Arunas Slekys, vice president of
Corporate Marketing, Hughes. "FIRST Robotics programs give students the
opportunity to see science, technology, engineering and mathematics in action,
helping nurture a lifetime love for the sciences and helping develop our next
generation of technology leaders."

The FIRST Robotics Competition gathers teams of high school students to build
a complete robotics package. Coaches, or mentors, help the teams advance all
aspects of development, including fundraising, brand development and
programming a robot to complete specified tasks. Teams are judged for robot
design, creativity, innovation, performance and teamwork throughout the
development process as well as during the competition phases. 

"I am proud to work for a company that supports the future growth of our
technology and engineering leaders," said Allen Murray, senior director of the
Defense and Intelligence Systems Division, Hughes, and judge at the Chesapeake
Regional FIRST Robotics Competition."Scientific advancements are foundational
for our government and military to remain efficient and effective as
technology shifts the means to mission success. I look forward to reviewing
the projects and meeting with the teams at the Chesapeake Regional."

The mission of FIRST is to inspire young people to be science and technology
leaders, by engaging them in exciting mentor-based programs that build
science, engineering and technology skills, that inspire innovation, and that
foster well-rounded life capabilities including self-confidence,
communication, and leadership.

Accomplished inventor Dean Kamen founded FIRST (For Inspiration and
Recognition of Science and Technology) in 1989 to inspire an appreciation of
science and technology in young people. Based in Manchester, N.H., FIRST
designs accessible, innovative programs to build self confidence, knowledge,
and life skills, while motivating young people to pursue opportunities in
science, technology, and engineering. With support from three out of every
five Fortune 500 companies and nearly $12 million in college scholarships, the
not-for-profit organization hosts the FIRST^® Robotics Competition (FRC^®) and
FIRST^® Tech Challenge (FTC^®) for high-school students, FIRST^® LEGO^® League
(FLL^®) for 9 to 14-year-olds, (9 to 16-year-olds outside the U.S. and Canada)
and Junior FIRST^® LEGO^® League (Jr.FLL) for 6 to 9-year-olds. Gracious
Professionalism™ is a way of doing things that encourages high-quality work,
emphasizes the value of others, and respects individuals and the community. To
learn more about FIRST, go to

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. Its products employ global standards approved by
the TIA, ETSI and ITU organizations, including IPoS/DVB-S2, RSM-A, and GMR-1.

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,
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Contact: Erin Studer, Hughes Network Systems, LLC, (301) 601-7216,; Kristin Graybill, ConnellyWorks, Inc., (571) 323-2585
ext. 2190,
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