ILS Proton launches EchoStar XXI satellite

International Launch Services (ILS) has delivered the EchoStar XXI satellite into orbit on an ILS Proton for EchoStar Corporation (NASDAQ: SATS), the company said.

EchoStar is a premier global provider of satellite communication solutions headquartered in Englewood, Colorado.

This was the 413th launch for Proton since the inaugural flight in July 1965, and the 94th ILS Proton launch executed. The Proton Breeze M launch vehicle was developed and built by Khrunichev Space Center of Moscow, one of the pillars of the Russian Space industry and majority shareholder in ILS. EchoStar XXI, weighing nearly 9 metric tons, is the heaviest satellite launched by ILS Proton to date.

EchoStar XXI was manufactured by SSL utilizing their space-proven 1300 platform. EchoStar XXI is a state-of-the-art S-band satellite designed to provide mobile connectivity throughout Europe to be located at the 10.25° East orbital slot.

ILS provides launch services for satellite operators and offers a complete array of services and support, from contract arrangements, mission management and on-orbit delivery.

EchoStar is a premier global provider of satellite communication solutions. Headquartered in Englewood, Colo., and conducting business around the globe, EchoStar is a pioneer in secure communications technologies through its Hughes Network Systems and EchoStar Satellite Services business segments.

EchoStar Mobile Limited, a subsidiary of EchoStar Corp., is a mobile operator providing connectivity across Europe. Headquartered in Dublin, Ireland, EchoStar Mobile Limited provides access to a hybrid satellite and terrestrial network enabling enhanced mobile voice and data communications for businesses, government agencies and consumers.