September 26, 2016 – In anticipation of launch in the fourth quarter of 2016, the EchoStar XXI satellite―to be located at 10.25° East―has been certified “ready to ship” by spacecraft manufacturer Space Systems Loral (SSL).
EchoStar Corporation’s subsidiary EchoStar Mobile Limited (EML) will utilize a portion of EchoStar XXI’s capacity to provide commercial communications wholesalers with an advanced network for reliable, IP-based mobile satellite services (MSS) for voice and narrowband data services in Europe. EML is an EU-wide licensee authorized to provide an integrated MSS network with a complementary ground component. The company has provided notice of the completion of construction and temporary storage of EchoStar XXI to relevant European Union and member state regulators.
SSL had previously completed pre-shipment procedures for EchoStar XXI in April 2016, but the satellite was placed in storage after EchoStar received notification that the launch had been postponed from its original launch slot of May 2016.
SSL has completed final shipment preparations at their facility in Palo Alto, California, where the spacecraft will remain in storage until EchoStar receives notification of launch vehicle availability.
“We are pleased to have completed final preparations of the EchoStar XXI spacecraft and look forward to its launch in the fourth quarter,” said Derek de Bastos, chief technology officer for EchoStar Satellite Services.
EchoStar Corporation is a global provider of satellite and video delivery solutions. Headquartered in Englewood, Colorado, and conducting business around the globe, EchoStar is a pioneer in secure communications technologies through its EchoStar Satellite Services, EchoStar Technologies and Hughes Network Systems business segments.