45th SW supports successful Atlas V EchoStar XIX launch
By 45th Space Wing Public Affairs, 45th Space Wing Public Affairs / Published December 18, 2016
Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. --
The U.S. Air Force’s 45th Space Wing supported United Launch Alliance’s successful launch of the EchoStar XIX spacecraft aboard an Atlas V rocket from Launch Complex 41 here Dec. 18 at 2:13 p.m. ET.
EchoStar XIX was designed and built by Space Systems Loral, and will be the world’s highest capacity broadband satellite in orbit, dramatically increasing capacity for high-speed satellite internet service to homes and businesses in North America.
The launch is the 23rd major launch operation on the Eastern Range this year. Before any spacecraft can launch from CCAFS, a combined team of military, government civilians and contractors from across the 45th Space Wing provide the mission assurance to ensure a safe and successful lift-off for range customers.
“Congratulations to ULA and the entire integrated team who ensured the success of our last launch capping off what has been a very busy year,” said Col. Walt Jackim, 45th Space Wing vice commander and mission Launch Decision Authority. “This mission once again clearly demonstrates the successful collaboration we have with our mission partners as we continue to shape the future of America's space operations and showcase why the 45th Space Wing is the ‘World's Premiere Gateway to Space.’”