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EchoStar Expands its EPOCH IPS System to Support EchoStar 11

By PR Newswire

LANHAM, Md., Dec. 13 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Integral Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq: ISYS) today announced that it is currently under contract with EchoStar Communications Corp. (Nasdaq: DISH) to add the EchoStar 11 satellite (a Loral FS1300 class satellite) to EchoStar's existing EPOCH IPS satellite control system. EchoStar's entire fleet of satellites is operated by the EPOCH IPS system.

EPOCH IPS is the world's leading and most widely used satellite control system, having been selected to support the operations of over 30 FS1300 class satellites, over 125 GEO communications satellite, and well over 200 satellite programs in total (counting LEO and deep space missions).

"We are pleased to continue to grow our relationship with EchoStar, one of the leading satellite operators in the world," said Stuart Daughtridge, vice president of the Commercial Division at Integral Systems. "We greatly value our customers and the repeat business we earn shows that our EPOCH IPS system and our support delivers our customers real value. It is this repeat business and customer loyalty that has made EPOCH the world's leading satellite control system," he added.

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About EchoStar Communications

EchoStar Communications Corporation (Nasdaq: DISH) serves more than 12.46 million satellite TV customers through its DISH Network(TM), and is a leading U.S. provider of advanced digital television services. DISH Network's services include hundreds of video and audio channels, Interactive TV, HDTV, sports and international programming, together with professional installation and 24-hour customer service. Visit EchoStar's Web site at http://www.echostar.com or call 800-333-DISH (3474).

About Integral Systems:

Founded in 1982, Integral Systems is a leading provider of satellite systems and has supported over 205 different satellite missions for communications, science, meteorological and earth resource applications. The Company was the first to offer an integrated suite of COTS (Commercial-Off- The-Shelf) software products for satellite command & control, the EPOCH IPS (Integrated Product Suite) product line. EPOCH IPS has become a world market leader in commercial applications with successful installations on 5 continents.

Through its wholly owned subsidiary SAT Corporation, the Company provides satellite and terrestrial communications signal monitoring systems to satellite operators and users throughout the world. The Company also provides software for equipment monitoring and control to satellite operators and telecommunications firms through its Newpoint Technologies, Inc. subsidiary. The Company's RT Logic, Inc. subsidiary builds telemetry processing systems for military applications including tracking stations, control centers and range operations. The Company's Lumistar, Inc. subsidiary is a provider of system level and board level telemetry acquisition products. Integral Systems has approximately 420 employees working at Company headquarters in Lanham, Maryland, and at other locations in the U.S. and Europe.

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Source: http://www.digitalproducer.com/articles/viewarticle.jsp?id=89312
 
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