Media Advisory/Photo Opportunity - Telesat to launch new satellite April 9th

    Anik F3 to provide telecom & broadcasting services across North America

    BAIKONUR, KAZAKHSTAN, April 9 /CNW/ - In the evening of April 9th and the
morning of April 10th, senior staff of Telesat Canada will be at the Baikonur
Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan for the launch of the company's state-of-the-art Anik
F3 satellite.
    Telesat's Anik F3 will provide valuable broadcasting and
telecommunications capacity, business communications and Internet-based
services throughout North America.
    Anik F3 is Telesat's second European-built satellite. The new spacecraft,
manufactured by EADS Astrium, will allow Telesat to fully develop the 118.7
degrees WL orbital position and enable the expansion of Telesat's business
throughout the Americas. Along with 24 C-band and 32 Ku-band communications
channels, Anik F3 will carry a small Ka-band payload to supplement services
now being carried on its sister satellite, Anik F2.

    Note to TV stations: Telesat will distribute video feed of the
satellite's construction and its dramatic launch on the evening of Monday
April 9th at the times and coordinates listed below. B-roll that includes
launch and construction footage is also available upon request.

    Note to photo desks: Telesat will post a full-colour digital image of the
satellite launch as soon as it is available on the morning of April 10th.

    What:     Launch of Telesat's state-of-the-art Anik F3 satellite

    When:     Eastern time: Monday April 9th, 6:54 p.m.
              Baikonur time: Tuesday April 10th, 4:54 a.m.

    Where:    Baikonur, Kazakhstan

    Visual:   Telesat will broadcast video footage of highlights from Anik
              F3's construction and launch on Monday April 9th from
              7:45 p.m. - 8:15 p.m. (Eastern). Coordinates: Anik F2, C-band
              channel 8-b.

For further information:

For further information: Dan Tisch or Kyla Thoms, Argyle Communications,
(416) 968-7311 ext. 223 or 237,,

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