Telesat again chooses ILS to launch its newest digital TV satellite

    Nimiq 5 will deliver advanced television services across Canada

    OTTAWA, April 26 /CNW/ - Telesat, one of the world's leading satellite
operators, announced today that it has selected International Launch Services
(ILS) for the launch of the Nimiq 5 satellite in 2009. Financial details were
not released.
    Nimiq 5, the latest in the Ottawa-based company's line of satellites
carrying digital television services, underscores Telesat's ongoing commitment
to make substantial investments in its state-of-the-art satellite fleet for
the benefit of Canadians. Bell ExpressVu has contracted for the use of the
satellite to provide a wide range of high-definition and specialty television
services to its subscribers.
    This will be the sixth Telesat satellite launched by ILS on a Proton
rocket. The Proton vehicle, built by ILS partner Khrunichev State Research and
Production Space Center of Russia, has carried out 325 missions for the
Russian government and commercial customers over more than 40 years. The
Proton launches from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.
    "We are extremely pleased to be working with ILS again," said Dan
Goldberg, Telesat's president and CEO. "We have a long and successful history
with ILS who launched our Anik F1R satellite, our Nimiq 1 and Nimiq 2 Direct
Broadcast satellites and, just two weeks ago, our Anik F3 satellite. ILS
offered Telesat the right combination of quality, reliability, experience and
value, and we look forward to working with their team on the important Nimiq 5
launch campaign."
    Telesat's 19th satellite, being manufactured by Space Systems/Loral with
participation by the Canadian satellite industry, will be equipped with 32
Ku-band transponders. It will occupy Telesat's orbital position at
72.7 degrees West Longitude and have an anticipated lifespan of more than 15

    About Telesat
    Headquartered in Ottawa, Telesat Canada ( is one of the
world's pioneers in satellite communications and systems management. Created
in 1969, the company made history three years later with the launch of Anik
A1, the world's first domestic communications satellite in geostationary orbit
operated by a commercial company.
    Telesat operates a fleet of satellites that provide broadcast
distribution and telecommunications services, and is a highly respected
consultant and partner in satellite ventures around the world. Telesat has
offices throughout Canada, in the United States and in Brazil. On December 18,
2006, Telesat's parent company, BCE Inc., announced the sale of the satellite
operator for $3.25 billion, net of debt, to a new acquisition company formed
by Canada's Public Sector Pension Investment Board (PSP Investments) and Loral
Space & Communications Inc. (Loral). As part of the agreement between PSP and
Loral, Loral will contribute its fixed satellite services and network services
assets to the new acquisition company. Applications for the change in
ownership of Telesat have been filed with the appropriate regulatory

    About ILS
    ILS is a joint venture of Space Transport Inc., Khrunichev and RSC
Energia. ILS is incorporated in Delaware in the United States, and is
headquartered in McLean, Va., a suburb of Washington, D.C. For more
information, visit

For further information:

For further information: Dan Tisch or Karen Passmore (media only),
Argyle Communications, (416) 968-7311, ext. 223 or 228,,; Marilynn
Wright, Telesat, (613) 748-0123,

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