CAMBRIDGE, ON, Dec. 4, 2012 /CNW/ - COM DEV International Ltd. (TSX:
CDV), a leading manufacturer of space hardware subsystems, today
announced that the Eutelsat 70B satellite was successfully launched on
December 3rd with COM DEV-built switches and multiplexers on board.
Eutelsat 70B will replace the Eutelsat 70A satellite, which has been in
service at 70.5 degrees East since 2002, and will more than double the
Ku-band capacity available at this location to 48 channels.
Through broad wide beam coverage and four high-performance fixed beams,
Eutelsat 70B will support communication services over four distinct
zones: Europe, Africa, Central Asia and South-East Asia reaching as far
as Australia. A high degree of on-board connectivity will enable the
beams to be used either for regional coverage or to interconnect
Click here to view a video on Eutelsat: http://youtu.be/KkfzhzSqA1I
"Eutelsat 70B is an important satellite in the communication
infrastructure that will provide video and telecom services to four
continents," said Mike Williams, President of COM DEV International
Products. "This deployment demonstrates the important role our
equipment plays as satellite operators strive to provide more services
across a wider footprint. COM DEV offers proven quality and
reliability, flexible design that can enable new service offerings and
the ability to consistently deliver components on time and within
The satellite was launched from the ocean-based Odyssey Launch Platform
in international waters of the Pacific Ocean on December 3 on a
Zenit-3SL rocket. The Eutelsat 70B was built by Astrium for Eutelsat
and has a life expectancy exceeding 15 years.
About COM DEV
COM DEV International Ltd. (www.comdevintl.com) is a leading global provider of space hardware and services. With
facilities in Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States, COM DEV
manufactures advanced subsystems and microsatellites that are sold to
major satellite prime contractors, government agencies and satellite
operators, for use in communications, space science, remote sensing and
defense applications. COM DEV's majority-owned subsidiary, exactEarth
Ltd., provides satellite data services.
This news release may contain certain forward-looking statements that
involve risks and uncertainties. Actual results may differ materially
from results indicated in any forward-looking statements. The Company
cautions that, among other things, in view of the rapid changes in
communications markets and technologies, and other risks including the
cost and market acceptance of the Company's new products, the level of
individual customer procurements and competitive product offerings and
pricing, and general economic circumstances, the Company's business
prospects may be materially different from forward-looking statements
made by the Company.
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and the property of COM DEV Ltd. All rights reserved.
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SOURCE: Com Dev International Ltd.
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