SSL-built multi-mission satellite for Telesat begins post-launch maneuvers according to plan

  SSL-built multi-mission satellite for Telesat begins post-launch maneuvers
                              according to plan

PR Newswire

PALO ALTO, CA, April 16, 2013

Following successful April 15 launch, Anik G1 deploys solar arrays and
continues progress to geostationary orbit

PALO ALTO, CA, April 16, 2013 /PRNewswire/ - Space Systems/Loral (SSL), a
leading provider of commercial satellites, today announced that the Anik G1
satellite, designed and built for Telesat, one of the world's top satellite
operators, 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 tomorrow in
order to start maneuvering into geosynchronous orbit.


"I would like to thank and congratulate everyone at Telesat, ILS, and SSL who
contributed to the success of Anik G1," said John Celli, president of SSL.
"With a legacy of trust and collaboration, our companies share a commitment to
the highest quality service and the expansion of the world's ability to

Anik G1 is a multi-mission satellite with three different payloads that will
provide direct-to-home (DTH) television service in Canada, as well as
broadband, voice, data, and video services in South America where economic
growth has driven high demand for satellite services. It is also the first
commercial satellite with a substantial X-band payload for government
communications over the Americas and the Pacific Ocean including Hawaii. The
satellite will be positioned at 107.3 degrees West longitude where it will be
co-located with Telesat's Anik F1 satellite, doubling both the C-band and
Ku-band transponders serving South America from the 107.3 degrees West orbital

"The launch of Anik G1 reflects Telesat's commitment to bringing the most
advanced satellite services to our customers," said Dan Goldberg, President
and CEO of Telesat. "Once in service, Anik G1 will provide expansion capacity
for DTH services over Canada, a new X-band payload for government services,
and additional C-band and Ku-band capacity for South America, where demand
continues to grow. The Anik G1 program was a superb team effort between
Telesat and SSL and we are very pleased that the satellite is on orbit and has
completed its initial deployments according to plan."

Anik G1 is based on the highly reliable SSL 1300 space-proven platform, which
has the flexibility to support a broad range of applications and technology
advances. The spacecraft is designed to deliver service for 15 years or more.
With this launch, there are 73 SSL-built satellites currently on orbit.

About Telesat (
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 will grow to 14 satellites once Anik G1 is brought into
service. The fleet today consists of 13 satellites plus the Canadian Ka-band
payload on ViaSat-1. 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).

About SSL
SSL 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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