High-speed internet communications satellite heads into space

Atlas V rocket successfully launches a high-speed internet communications satellite into space from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

CAPE CANAVERAL, FLORIDA, UNITED STATES (DECEMBER 18, 2016) (UNITED LAUNCH ALLIANCE) – An Atlas V rocket successfully launched a high-speed communications satellite from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on Sunday (December 18).

The rocket is carrying an EchoStar XIX satellite into orbit, which its owners said will provide high-speed internet service to homes and businesses in North America. The multi-spot beam Ka-band satellite, based on the SSL 1300 platform, will be stationed at 97.1 degrees West longitude, the United Launch Alliance said.

A United Launch Alliance (ULA), a partnership of Lockheed Martin Corp and Boeing Co, is the biggest supplier of rockets for the U.S. military.