EchoStar VIII Launch Delayed


According to wire reports, the launch of EchoStar VIII, a high-powered direct-broadcast satellite built for EchoStar Communications Corp. by Space
Systems/Loral, has been delayed.

During the final hours of the launch countdown June 22, the complete
functionality of a command receiver could not be confirmed.

The satellite was scheduled to launch from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in
Kazakhstan aboard a Proton K/Block DM launch vehicle provided by International
Launch Services.

The launch will be rescheduled following the completion of further satellite
testing and availability of the Baikonur launch base.

The launch delay will not result in any interruption to Dish Network's
satellite service.