COM DEV On Board: Echostar XVII and MSG-3 are launched from French Guiana on July 5, 2012
CAMBRIDGE, ON, July 10, 2012 /CNW/ - COM DEV International Ltd. (TSX:
CDV), a leading manufacturer of space hardware subsystems, today
announced that two satellites have been successfully launched with COM
DEV-built equipment on board. The Echostar XVII and MSG-3 satellites
were launched from French Guiana on July 5 on an Ariane 5 rocket, which
carried its 9,640 kg payload to geostationary orbit nearly 36,000 km
above the Earth in just 34 minutes.
"This launch illustrates the breadth of COM DEV's capabilities," said
Michael Pley, CEO of COM DEV. "Our UK-based division supplied
electronics and imaging equipment for a European meteorological
satellite, while our international products group provided passive
microwave components for a US commercial communications satellite.
It's this range of capabilities that has enabled COM DEV to fly
equipment on more spacecraft than any other company in the world."
EchoStar XVII is a high-throughput Ka-band satellite that will provide
broadband internet services to consumers, businesses and government
customers across North America. With a total capacity exceeding 100
Gbps, the satellite will enable customers to experience faster speeds
and the industry's greatest download capacity. Built by Space
Systems/Loral, EchoStar XVII weighed 6,100 kg at launch and will have a
solar array wingspan of nearly 40 metres.
MSG-3 (Meteosat Second Generation) will provide meteorologists and
weather forecasters with a powerful tool for the detection and
prediction of weather-related events. Part of a European family of four
geostationary meteorological detection and observation satellites, it
will provide highly detailed imagery of Europe, the North Atlantic and
Africa. MSG-3 was built by an industry consortium led by Thales Alenia
Space, and will be operated by EUMETSAT (the European Organisation for
the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites).
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.
The triangular logo and the word COM DEV are each registered trademarks
and the property of COM DEV Ltd. All rights reserved.
Video with caption: "COM DEV On Board: Echostar XVII and MSG-3 are launched from French Guiana on July 5, 2012
". Video available at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GVKafQ4cxZE&feature=related
SOURCE Com Dev International Ltd.
For further information:
Chief Financial Officer
Tel: (519) 622-2300 ext. 2826
The Equicom Group
Tel: (416) 815-0700 ext. 261