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United Launch Alliance Successfully Launches EchoStar XIX Satellite

Cape Canaveral, FL. — A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket successfully launched the  EchoStar XIX satellite lifted off from the Space Launch Complex Sunday afternoon. You can watch the launch here:

The EchoStar XIX is expected to dramatically increase capacity for HughesNet® high-speed satellite Internet service to homes and businesses in North America. Lockheed Martin Commercial Launch Services procured the Atlas V for this mission.

This is ULA’s 12th launch in 2016 and the 115th successful launch since the company was formed in December 2006.

A ULA Atlas V rocket carrying EchoStar XIX satellite lifts off from Space Launch Complex-41. (Photo: ULA)

A ULA Atlas V rocket carrying EchoStar XIX satellite lifts off from Space Launch Complex-41. (Photo: ULA)

“ULA is honored to have been entrusted with the launch of the EchoStar XIX satellite,” said Gary Wentz, ULA vice president of Human and Commercial Systems. “We truly believe that our success is only made possible by the phenomenal teamwork of our employees, customers and industry partners.”

ULA’s next launch is the Atlas V SBIRS GEO-3 satellite for the U.S. Air Force. The launch is scheduled for Jan. 19 from Space Launch Complex-41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida.

With more than a century of combined heritage, United Launch Alliance is the nation’s most experienced and reliable launch service provider. ULA has successfully delivered more than 110 satellites to orbit that aid meteorologists in tracking severe weather, unlock the mysteries of our solar system provide critical capabilities for troops in the field, and enable personal device-based GPS navigation and unlock the mysteries of our solar system.