Ciel Satellite Breaks Ground on Satellite Control Center



    Saskatoon-based SED Systems contracted to build and operate facility

    OTTAWA, CANADA, December 11 /CNW/ - The Ciel Satellite Group announced
today that it has selected SED Systems, a division of Calian Ltd, to expand
SED's satellite control center facilities in Saskatoon in preparation for the
initiation of tracking, telemetry and control (TT&C) operations for Ciel-2, a
satellite that is planned for operation by the first quarter of 2009.

    Dave Lewis, President and CEO of Ciel, said, "Establishing the Ciel TT&C
center is an important milestone in our development as Canada's newest
satellite operator. SED offered us the best quality proposal, and their
experience operating low earth orbit (LEO) spacecraft gave us complete
confidence in their ability to monitor and control Ciel-2." He continued, "We
are keen on SED because of their potential to cost-effectively expand
operations to support future Ciel spacecraft, and, of course, we are very
pleased to extend our geographic presence into Western Canada."

    Brent McConnell, President of SED, said, "We are delighted to have been
selected by Ciel and to be working with them and their partner team. This
affords SED an excellent opportunity to expand our facilities and build on our
extensive experience in satellite operations. We look forward to working with
Ciel and its partners in monitoring and controlling the Ciel-2 spacecraft."

    SED Systems has been in operation since 1965. Headquartered in Saskatoon,
Saskatchewan, the company is ideally located, in terms of look-angle to
Ciel-2's 129 degree West orbital position. In March 2008, ground will be
broken to install the monitoring antenna, while the entire facility renovation
and upgrade is expected to be complete by the end of summer 2008. A team of
dedicated satellite controllers will be trained and in position, ready to
operate Ciel-2 well before its planned fourth quarter 2008 launch and in-orbit
testing.

    About SED

    SED is the Systems Engineering Division of Calian Ltd. SED plans, designs
and implements solutions for many of the world's leading communications
satellite manufacturers and operators, as well as providing contract
manufacturing services for customers in North America. SED has been providing
satellite operations services in Canada since 1995. Calian sells technology
services to industry and government in Canada and around the world. With
annual revenues of $190 million (CDN) and a staff of over 2200, Calian ranks
among the largest professional services companies in Canada. Calian is a
public company and is traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the code CTY.

    About Ciel Satellite

    The Ciel Satellite Group is Canada's newest satellite facilities
operator. Ciel was founded in 2004, received preliminary authorization to
operate a satellite at 129 degrees West that same year, and began commercial
operations in August 2005. Ciel was awarded additional Spectrum Licences by
Industry Canada in June 2007. The partners and shareholders of Ciel are:
620582 NB Ltd., an investment company led by Brian Neill, the founder and
former chairman of Star Choice Communications, Inc., BPC Telecommunications
Corporation, owned by OMERS, one of Canada's largest pension funds; and SES
S.A. (Euronext Paris, and Luxembourg stock exchange: SESG), which owns SES
ASTRA in Europe, SES AMERICOM in the US, and SES NEW SKIES in the Netherlands,
and holds strategic investments in Ciel in Canada, SES Sirius in Europe, and
QuetzSat in Mexico.




For further information:

For further information: Ciel Satellite Group Dave Lewis, 613-599-4400
dave.lewis@cielsatellite.ca

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