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SSL-built ABS-2 satellite successfully performs post-launch maneuvers

 SSL-built ABS-2 satellite successfully performs post-launch maneuvers  PALO ALTO, CA, Feb. 7, 2014 /CNW/ - Space Systems/Loral (SSL), a leading  provider of commercial satellites, today announced that the ABS-2 satellite,  designed and built for ABS, 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 an Ariane 5 launch  vehicle from the European Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana. The satellite  will begin firing its main thruster later today in order to start maneuvering  into geosynchronous orbit.  "I would like to thank ABS and Arianespace for working closely with us to make  the launch of ABS-2 a success," said John Celli, president of SSL. "This is  the culmination of many hours of hard work and we are gratified to see the  satellite performing according to plan."  ABS-2 is a highly sophisticated multi-mission C, Ku- and Ka-band satellite  designed to provide multiple services including direct-to-home and cable  television distribution, VSAT services, data networks, and telecommunications  services across four continents.  The satellite, which will be positioned at  75 degrees East longitude, has a total of 89 active C-band, Ku-band and  Ka-band transponders across 10 different beams.  "ABS-2 is an extraordinary satellite and I'd like to thank SSL for its efforts  to work with us to maximize its performance," said Tom Choi, CEO of ABS. "We  look forward to many years of service on this satellite based on the  reliability of the SSL platform.   When it enters into service, ABS-2 will  extend the reach of affordable and reliable communications and broadcast  services to a broad swath of underserved regions."  The satellite is based on the highly reliable SSL 1300 platform, which  provides the flexibility to support a broad range of applications and  technology advances. It is designed to provide service for 15 years or more.  With this launch, there are 75 SSL-built satellites currently on orbit.  About ABS  ABS is a young, dynamic and fast growing global satellite operator, with an  entrepreneurial and creative business approach. ABS operates five satellites  (ABS-1, ABS-1A, ABS-2i, ABS-3 and ABS-7) from 3 premium locations at 3°W,  75°E and 116°E.  Its sixth satellite ABS-2 was successfully launched  yesterday.  Located at 75˚East and fitted with 89 C, Ku, and Ka-band  transponders, it will provide broadcasting, telecommunications and data  services for Africa, Asia Pacific, Europe, the Middle East and Russia/CIS  countries.  ABS has also ordered two Boeing 702SP satellites (ABS-3A & ABS-2A planned for  2014 and 2015 respectively) with the options to add more satellites over the  next 2-3 years to its growing satellite fleet.  For more information, visit www.absatellite.com.  Contact: Penny Hill T: +65 81898835 E: penny@absatellite.com  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  www.sslmda.com.  About MDA  MDA is a global communications and information company providing operational  solutions to commercial and government organizations worldwide.  MDA's business is focused on markets and customers with strong repeat business  potential. In addition, the Company conducts a significant amount of advanced  technology development.  MDA's well-established global customer base is served by more than 4,500  employees operating from 11 offices located in the United States, Canada, and  internationally.  MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd.'s (MDA) common shares trade under the  symbol TSX:MDA.  Related Websites: www.mdacorporation.com  Forward-Looking Statements  This news release contains forward-looking statements and information, which  reflect the current view of MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. and its  subsidiaries (collectively "MDA" or the "Company") with respect to future  events and financial performance.  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Known  risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to: risks associated with  operating satellites and providing satellite services, including satellite  construction or launch delays, satellite damage caused during launch, in-orbit  failures or impaired satellite performance; changing performance requirements;  changes in customer priorities, mandates, policies, funding levels, contracts  and regulations; failure of third parties and subcontractors; failure of  systems to meet performance requirements; and other risks, including  litigation. The foregoing list of important factors is not exhaustive. The  information contained in this news release reflects MDA's beliefs,  assumptions, intentions, plans and expectations as of the date of this news  release. Except as required by law, MDA disclaims any obligation or  undertaking to update or revise the information herein.  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