Telesat's Nimiq 4 satellite to launch Friday September 19th



    BAIKONUR, Kazakhstan, Sept. 17 /CNW/ - Telesat, the world's
fourth-largest fixed satellite services operator, announced today that its
state-of-the-art Nimiq 4 satellite will launch on Friday September 19th at
5:48 p.m. Eastern time (Saturday September 20 at 3:48 a.m. local time) from
the Baikonur Cosmodrome in the Republic of Kazakhstan. The launch had been
scheduled for one day earlier, but was postponed due to the need to replace an
avionics unit on the first stage of the Proton M rocket which showed an
anomalous signature during routine testing.
    Telesat's Nimiq 4 is fully leased to Bell TV, and will enable them to
expand their advanced digital satellite television services over North America
by offering more HDTV, specialty channels and foreign-language programming.
    Nimiq 4 was built by EADS Astrium with mission management provided by
ILS. The spacecraft will operate from Telesat's orbital position of 82 degrees
West with 32 active high-power transponders in Ku-band and eight in Ka-band.
Nimiq 4 has a launch mass of approximately 4850 kg and an expected 15-year
mission life.

    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
has a global state-of-the-art fleet of 12 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).





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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