Space Systems / Loral (SS/L) has delivered the EchoStar XIV communication satellite to the Baikonur Space Centre in Kazakhstan for launch atop a Proton Breeze M vehicle.

EchoStar XIV direct broadcast satellite, based on SS/L’s 1300 platform, will provide expanded high-definition services for DISH Network’s direct-to-home (DTH) television subscribers.

EchoStar Satellite Services is managing the satellite construction, launch vehicle procurement and integration, in-orbit testing and delivery.

After the launch it will deliver spacecraft telemetry, tracking and control services through its multiple spacecraft operation centres.