AMC-14 Ready for Launch

The AMC-14 satellite that will support DISH Network's growing slate of services is set for launch this weekend.

International Launch Services said the SES AMERICOM bird, which is providing leased capacity to DISH, is scheduled for lift-off at 5:18 a.m. local time Saturday in Kazakhstan, site of the Baikonur Cosmodrome handling the launch. Stateside, the time for the launch is 7:18 p.m. Eastern Friday.

DISH is contracting the entire payload of AMC-14. It's expected that the satellite will help the DBS service expand its high-def slate, including an effort to take local HD markets to around 100 by the end of the year.

The AMC-14 flight is the second ILS mission this year and the seventh ILS Proton launch for SES AMERICOM.