Telesat Strongly Supports the Recommendations of the Aerospace Review on Canada's Future in Space

Telesat Strongly Supports the Recommendations of the Aerospace Review on 
Canada's Future in Space 
Mr. Emerson and his colleagues underscore the strategic importance of Canada's 
space industry and the need for timely Government action 
OTTAWA, Nov. 29, 2012 /CNW/ - Telesat, Canada's premiere satellite operator, 
welcomes the Report of the Aerospace Review released earlier today and 
believes that its recommendations provide a clear path forward for the 
Government of Canada. 
Telesat congratulates Minister Paradis for mandating the Aerospace Review and 
Mr. Emerson and his colleagues for their work in delivering a timely and 
focused report that addresses many of the critical issues facing Canada's 
space industry. 
Among the key aspects of the Report is a clear statement that the imperatives 
of development and security in the North should be high on the list of 
Government priorities in a Canadian Space Program. "Telesat agrees that the 
North presents an important opportunity and believes that it can be best 
addressed by leveraging the advanced capabilities of today's satellite 
services", stated Dan Goldberg, President and CEO. "For the past several 
years, the Government of Canada has studied the development of a capability to 
provide broadband communications infrastructure for sovereignty, safety and 
security objectives in the North and to allow for meteorological observation 
in the Arctic to permit weather forecasting, modeling and environmental 
monitoring. Creating such a capability would greatly enhance the government's 
ability to deliver on some of the key objectives identified in the Report, 
using satellites as a key instrument of policy." 
The Aerospace Review Report also identifies that one of Government's key 
responsibilities relates to making procurement decisions that strengthen 
domestic industries, and therefore the national economy, while respecting 
international trade rules and acquiring the best products at a reasonable 
price. Telesat applauds the Report's approach in relation to procurement 
practices of the Government. "Given that Canada is making fewer space 
investments than certain other countries the Government of Canada must be 
highly targeted and strategic when it procures space related services and 
goods with a view toward enhancing the competitiveness of the Canadian space 
sector while at the same time achieving a good value proposition for the 
Canadian taxpayer", said Mr. Goldberg. 
Telesat looks forward to the Government's response to this important Report. 
About Telesat 
(www.telesat.com) 
Telesat is a leading global fixed satellite services operator providing 
reliable and secure satellite-delivered communications solutions worldwide to 
broadcast, telecom, corporate and government customers. Headquartered in 
Ottawa, Canada, with offices and facilities around the world, the company's 
state-of-the-art fleet consists of 13 satellites and the Canadian payload on 
ViaSat-1, plus one satellite awaiting launch. Telesat also manages the 
operations of additional satellites for third parties. Privately held, 
Telesat's principal shareholders are Canada's Public Sector Pension Investment 
Board and Loral Space & Communications Inc. (NASDAQ: 
LORL). 
Gerry Nagler, Telesat +1 908 470-4907 (gnagler@telesat.com) 
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