COM DEV equipment launched on Star One C3 and Eutelsat 21B commercial communications satellites

CAMBRIDGE, ON, Nov. 13, 2012 /CNW/ - COM DEV International Ltd. (TSX: CDV), a leading manufacturer of space hardware subsystems, today announced that the Star One C3 and Eutelsat 21B satellites were successfully launched on November 10 with COM DEV-built multiplexers, filters and switches on board.

Orbital Sciences built Star One C3 for Brazilian operator Star One; it carries 16 Ku-Band and 28 C-Band transponders. The satellite will provide communication services and TV broadcast for Brazil and South America. Thales Alenia built Eutelsat 21B, which replaces the existing satellite Eutelsat 21A and increases Eutelsat's resources at its orbit. It will provide telecommunications and data services for Europe, North and West Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia.

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"Star One C3 not only covers South America, but it spans Brazilian waters, offering better communication possibilities for the oil and gas industry, while Eutelsat 21B is the first of 7 satellites to be launched by mid-2015 to increase Eutelsat's communication flexibility and capacity," said Mike Williams, President of COM DEV International Products. "Both of these satellites represent a continuation of a trend for increased capacity in emerging markets as well as replacement of existing satellites."

The satellites were launched from French Guiana on November 10 on an Ariane 5 rocket. Both have a life expectancy of at least 15 years.


COM DEV International Ltd. ( 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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SOURCE: Com Dev International Ltd.

For further information:

Gary Calhoun
Chief Financial Officer
Tel: (519) 622-2300 ext. 2826 

Craig MacPhail
TMX Equicom
Tel: (416) 815-0700 ext. 290

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