Click here from Bloomberg (BUSINESS WIRE)-- -0- Payload: Echostar VII Geostationary, direct broadcast television satellite Separated mass: Approx. 8876 lbs (4026 kg) Launch Vehicle: Atlas IIIB, designated AC-204 Dual-engine Centaur stage RD-180 engine Weight at liftoff: 493,542 lbs (223,867 kg), including payload Fairing: 14 ft (4.3 m) diameter aluminum Height: 175.7 ft (53.6 m) Launch Date: Thursday, Feb. 21, 2002 Launch Window: 61 minutes 7:13-8:14 a.m. EST 4:13-5:14 a.m. PST 1213-1314 GMT Launch Site: Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. Launch Complex 36, Pad B Customer: Echostar Communications Corp., Littleton, Colo. Satellite Manufacturer: Lockheed Martin Commercial Space Systems, Newtown, Pa. Launch Vehicle Atlas vehicle and Centaur upper stage Manufacturer: built by Lockheed Martin Space Systems in Denver, Colo.; San Diego, Calif.; and Harlingen, Texas. Launch Services Provider: International Launch Services, McLean, Va. Satellite Use: High-powered direct broadcast satellite to enhance services for DISH Network(TM), EchoStar's state-of-the-art DBS entertainment service. Satellite Statistics: -- LMCSS A2100 model -- 14 years expected lifetime -- 7th satellite in Echostar fleet Mission Profile: Atlas IIIB parking orbit ascent trajectory design: 3-minute booster phase of flight powered by a throttleable RD-180 engine, followed by a two-burn Centaur mission using dual RL-10A-4-1B engines with extendible nozzles. Minimum residual shutdown mission design (all Centaur propellants burned to depletion). Satellite's own attitude and orbital control system will perform a series of burns to raise perigee to geosynchronous altitude, circularize orbit and reduce inclination. Spacecraft Separation: about 28.5 minutes after liftoff Orbital Parameters: Apogee Altitude: 29,412 nm (54,471 km) (@ Separation) Perigee Altitude:101 nm (187 km) Inclination: 22.91 deg Flight Azimuth: 178.58 deg ILS Mission Statistics: -- 1st ILS mission this year -- 1st flight of Atlas IIIB -- 2nd flight in Atlas III series -- 5th satellite launched for Echostar by ILS; 4th on Atlas -- Atlas family has perfect record in 58 consecutive flights NEWS MEDIA ACTIVITIES All times are EST Media Briefing: There will not be a pre-launch press conference; instead, news media are invited to a post-launch briefing at noon, Thursday, Feb. 21, at the Radisson Resort in Cape Canaveral. Remote Camera Set-up: 3 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 20. Photographers should meet at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station Pass & ID Building for escort to Pad 36. Launch Viewing: Accredited press covering the launch should meet at the CCAFS Pass & ID at 5:45 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 21, for Air Force escort to Press Site 1. Live Broadcast: Launch program will be carried on Telstar 6, transponder 22/C-band, 93 degrees West, beginning at 6:40 a.m. EST. More Information: General mission information and a live webcast of the launch will be available on the ILS web site at www.ilslaunch.com. Launch status updates will be available on the ILS U.S. domestic Launch Hotline at 1-800-852-4980.