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ILS Proton Successfully Launches Anik G1 for Telesat



  ILS Proton Successfully Launches Anik G1 for Telesat

Business Wire

BAIKONUR COSMODROME, Kazakhstan -- April 15, 2013

International Launch Services (ILS), a leader in providing mission integration
and launch services to the global commercial satellite industry, successfully
delivered Telesat’s Anik G1 satellite into orbit today on an ILS Proton.
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.

ILS Proton successfully launched the Anik G1 satellite for Telesat on April
16, 2013 from the Baikon ...

ILS Proton successfully launched the Anik G1 satellite for Telesat on April
16, 2013 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. (Photo: Business Wire)

The ILS Proton lifted off from Pad 39 at the Baikonur Cosmodrome at 12:36 a.m.
today local time (April 15: 6:36 p.m. GMT and 2:36 p.m. EDT). Utilizing the
standard 5-burn Geostationary Transfer Orbit (GTO) mission design, the Breeze
M successfully released the Anik G1 satellite into orbit after a 9 hour and 13
minute mission. The satellite was manufactured by Space Systems/Loral (SSL)
and built on the highly reliable 1300 platform. Weighing 4.9 metric tons at
liftoff, Anik G1 was the 26th SSL satellite launched on an ILS Proton, as well
as the 9th Telesat satellite launched by an ILS Proton.

Anik G1 has 24 C-band, 28 Ku-band and 3 X-band transponders that form a 55
transponder, multi-mission satellite. Once in service, Anik G1 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 capacity. It will also be the first
commercial satellite with substantial X-band coverage for government
communications over the Americas and the Pacific Ocean including Hawaii.

Anik G1 will be positioned at 107.3 degrees West longitude where it will be
co-located with Telesat’s Anik F1 satellite effectively doubling both the
C-band and Ku-band transponders serving South America from the 107.3 degrees
West orbital location.

Today’s mission was the 385th launch for Proton since its maiden flight in
1965 and the 79th ILS Proton Launch overall. The Proton Breeze M vehicle is
developed and built by Khrunichev State Research and Production Space Center
of Moscow, Russia’s premier space industry manufacturer and majority
shareholder in ILS.

ILS President Phil Slack stated, “We thank Telesat for once again entrusting
us with their satellite, their business and for their partnership over 14
years. We also want to express our gratitude for the work of all of the teams
involved, including ILS, Khrunichev, Telesat, and SSL. Their efforts ensured a
successful mission today.”

Telesat’s President and CEO, Dan Goldberg remarked, “This is an important new
satellite for Telesat and our customers. Anik G1 provides 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. Telesat would like to thank ILS, SSL and everyone who
played a role in making this launch a success.”

About ILS and Khrunichev

ILS is world leader in providing launch services for global satellite
operators and offers a complete array of services and support, from contract
signing through mission management and on-orbit delivery. ILS has exclusive
rights to market the Proton vehicle to commercial satellite operators
worldwide and is a U.S. company headquartered in Reston, VA., near Washington,
D.C. For more information, visit www.ilslaunch.com.

Khrunichev, which holds the majority interest in ILS, is one of the
cornerstones of the Russian space industry. Khrunichev manufactures the Proton
system and is developing the Angara launch system. The Proton launches from
facilities at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, and has a heritage of 385
missions since 1965. Khrunichev includes, among its branches, a number of key
manufacturers of launch vehicle and spacecraft components in Moscow and in
other cities of the Russian Federation. For more information, visit
www.khrunichev.com.

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).

For further information, visit www.telesat.com

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Contact:

Media:
International Launch Services
Karen Monaghan, +1-571-633-7549 or +1-571-282-5195 (mobile)
Director of Communications
k.monaghan@ilslaunch.com
www.ilslaunch.com
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