SSL-built satellite Satmex 8 successfully performs post-launch maneuvers

SSL-built satellite Satmex 8 successfully performs post-launch maneuvers 
PALO ALTO, CA, March 27, 2013 /CNW/ - Space Systems/Loral (SSL), a leading 
provider of commercial satellites, today announced that the Satmex 8 
satellite, designed and built for Satélites Mexicanos, S.A. de C.V. (Satmex), 
was launched yesterday and is successfully performing post-launch maneuvers 
according to plan. The satellite deployed its solar arrays on schedule 
following its launch aboard a Proton Breeze M launch vehicle provided by 
International Launch Services (ILS) from the Baikonur Space Center in 
Kazakhstan. The satellite will begin firing its main thruster later today in 
order to start maneuvering into geosynchronous orbit. 
"SSL shares Satmex's focus on quality service and the use of satellite 
communications for an interconnected world," said John Celli, president of 
SSL. "We are pleased to see Satmex 8 performing on orbit where it joins Satmex 
6, also built by SSL, which continues to provide reliable service over the 
Satmex 8 is a Fixed Satellite Services (FSS) spacecraft that will provide 
video content and distribution, broadband services, and cellular backhaul in 
North, South and Central America. It will also help people in remote areas 
with services for telemedicine, distance learning, and emergency 
communications. When the satellite completes in-orbit testing, it will replace 
Satmex 5 at 116.8 degrees West longitude. 
"SSL has been an important contributor to our fleet expansion," said Jesus 
Gutierrez, program manager and director of engineering of Satmex. "We would 
like to thank everyone at SSL, ILS, and Satmex who dedicated their time to 
this satellite and made this launch a success." 
Satmex 8 is based on the highly reliable SSL 1300 space-proven platform, which 
provides the flexibility to support a broad range of applications and 
technology advances. The satellite is designed to deliver service for 15 years 
or more. With this launch, there are 72 SSL-built satellites currently on 
About Satmex 
Satélites Mexicanos ("Satmex") is a significant provider of fixed satellite 
services ("FSS") in the Americas, coverage of more than 90% of the population 
of the region. As one of only two privately-managed FSS providers based in 
Latin America, Satmex (together with its predecessors) has designed, procured, 
launched and operated three generations of satellites over a 25 year period. 
Satmex's current fleet is comprised of three satellites in highly attractive, 
contiguous orbital slots that enable its customers to effectively serve their 
entire coverage footprint utilizing a single satellite connection. 
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About SSL 
SSL, a subsidiary of MDA, has a long history of delivering reliable satellites 
and spacecraft systems for commercial and government customers around the 
world. As a leading provider of commercial satellites, the company works 
closely with satellite operators to provide spacecraft for a broad range of 
services including television and radio distribution, digital audio radio, 
broadband Internet, and mobile communications. Billions of people around the 
world depend on SSL satellites every day. For more information, visit 
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