The Atlas V lifted off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida at 2:13 p.m. EST on Dec. 18. The EchoStar XIX satellite — featuring three solid rocket boosters with an upper stage Centaur engine — entered its targeted orbit about a half-hour after lift-off.
The broadband satellite was built by SSL, a Palo Alto, Calif.-based subsidiary of Canadian space contractor MacDonald Dettwiler and Associates. The XIX is the latest launch in an EchoStar fleet of orbiting satellites dating from 1995.
The launch had been scheduled for two weeks earlier, but a component of the first-stage booster was found wanting in a test of launch systems and had to be replaced.
Based in Centennial, Colo., ULA is a 50-50 joint venture of Boeing and Lockheed Martin.