Telesat successfully launches Nimiq 4 broadcast satellite



    
    Payload will provide HDTV, specialty television and foreign language
    programming.
    

    BAIKONUR COSMODROME, Kazakhstan, Sept. 20 /CNW/ - Telesat, the world's
fourth largest fixed satellite services operator, has successfully launched
its state-of-the-art Nimiq 4 satellite. Nimiq 4 is fully leased to Bell TV,
and will enable Bell TV to expand its advanced digital satellite television
services over Canada by offering more HDTV, specialty channels and
foreign-language programming.
    "Telesat's Nimiq 4 satellite underscores our commitment to bring the most
advanced satellite services to consumers across Canada - and all over North
America," said Dan Goldberg, President and CEO of Telesat. "Nimiq 4 will
contribute significant revenue and EBITDA to our financial results and build
on our longstanding relationship with Bell TV. We greatly value Bell TV's
trust in Telesat and look forward to delivering outstanding quality and
reliability for their customers over the life of the satellite."
    Nimiq 4 was launched on a Proton Breeze M rocket from the Baikonur
Cosmodrome in the Republic of Kazakhstan today at 3:48 a.m. local time. The
satellite separated from the upper stage of the rocket and its signal was
acquired by Telesat's tracking station in Perth, Australia just over nine
hours later.
    Nimiq 4 was manufactured by EADS Astrium and International Launch
Services (ILS) provided mission management of the launch.
    Nimiq 4 will enter into commercial service after it has successfully
completed orbit raising and comprehensive in-orbit testing. The satellite,
which will be located at 82 degrees West, is equipped with 32 active
high-power transponders in Ku-band and eight in Ka-band.  The spacecraft has a
solar array span of 39 meters, an expected 15-year mission life, and a launch
mass of approximately 4850 kg.

    About Telesat (www.telesat.com)

    Headquartered in Ottawa, Canada, with offices and facilities around the
world, Telesat is the fourth-largest fixed satellite services operator. The
company provides reliable and secure satellite-delivered communications
solutions to broadcast, telecom, corporate and government customers. Telesat
now has a global state-of-the-art fleet of 13 satellites, with another two
satellites under construction, and manages the operations of 13 additional
satellites for third parties. Telesat is privately held. Its principal
shareholders are Canada's Public Sector Pension Investment Board and Loral
Space & Communications Inc. (NASDAQ:   LORL).


    
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For further information:

For further information: Daniel Tisch, (416) 968-7311,
dtisch@argylecommunications.com; Gail Yamazaki, (240) 751-4654,
gyamazaki@telesat.com

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