Now, we go forward to the year 1995, when Charlie Ergen decided to put his hopes in launching his first satellite from China, which was a novice in the satellite industry at that time. He decided that he was going to gamble the future of a very young DISH network on one multimillion dollar satellite. He was hoping for favorable conditions for a successful launch. After he watched a Chinese rocket immediately crash and burn, he then saw the very nerve-wracking, but perfectly successful launch of Echo I.
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A few months later, DISH Network was able to make its very first broadcast to its customers from the uplink center in Cheyenne, Wyoming through very small dish antennas and very advanced technology they designed and then built all in-house.