SSL-built satellite for Optus begins post-launch maneuvers according to plan

PALO ALTO, CA, Sept. 12, 2014 /CNW/ - Space Systems/Loral (SSL), a leading provider of commercial satellites, today announced that the Optus 10 satellite, designed and built for Optus, 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.

"It has been a privilege to work with our colleagues at Optus and to see the successful launch of Optus 10," said John Celli, president of SSL. "I would like to thank Optus for giving us the opportunity to build this very flexible satellite. Many thanks also to the Arianespace team and to the hundreds of engineers, technicians and managers at SSL who were passionate about making Optus 10 a success."

Optus 10 is designed to provide high quality consumer broadcast service and two way voice and data communications services for Australia and New Zealand. The satellite was built with the flexibility to augment the Optus fleet and assure the highest level of ongoing service where it is needed the most.

"SSL has been a very capable and responsive partner in meeting our needs for Optus 10," said Paul Sheridan, Vice President of Satellite at Optus. "We are very pleased that the satellite is performing its maneuvers as planned."

Optus 10 will be positioned at 164 degrees East longitude. It has 24 Ku-band transponders and 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 77 SSL-built GEO satellites currently on orbit.

About Optus

For almost 30 years, Optus has been the leader and innovator in satellite-based communications services within Australia and New Zealand, providing a comprehensive range of advanced satellite services. With the largest fleet of domestic satellites in that region, Optus delivers satellite including subscription-TV, free-to-air TV, radio, Internet, voice, and data services.

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, mobile communications, and Earth observation.  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, primarily in the Communications sector and the Surveillance and Intelligence sector. In addition, the Company conducts a significant amount of advanced technology development.

MDA's established global customer base is served by more than 4,800 employees operating from 11 locations in the United States, Canada, and internationally.

MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd.'s (MDA) common shares trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol "MDA."

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SOURCE: MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd.

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Wendy Keyzer
MDA External Relations
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