Telesat successfully launches Telstar 11N satellite

    Satellite connects North America, Europe and Africa; serves growing
    demand for mobile broadband from maritime and aero markets.

    BAIKONUR SPACE CENTER, Kazakhstan, Feb. 27 /CNW/ - Telesat, the world's
fourth largest fixed satellite services operator, has successfully launched
its state-of-the-art Telstar 11N satellite. Telstar 11N will be located at
37.5 degrees West and utilize 39 high powered Ku-band transponders to support
a wide range of video and data applications in North America, Europe and
Africa and across the Atlantic Ocean.
    "Telstar 11N marks a significant expansion in Telesat's international
fleet and will contribute to our anticipated growth in 2009 and for years to
come," said Dan Goldberg, President and CEO of Telesat. "This powerful new
satellite will bring additional Ku-band capacity to underserved markets, such
as Africa and the Atlantic Ocean region, and allows us to complement the
coverage of Telesat's highly utilized Telstar 12 satellite at 15 degrees
    Telstar 11N is the first satellite to provide Ku-band coverage of the
Atlantic Ocean from the Arctic Circle to the equator. Commercial and
government customers in shipping and aviation can use this capability to
accelerate the deployment of cost-effective, full-time mobile broadband
solutions using very small aperture terminals, or VSATs. The satellite's
coverage of Africa will promote the implementation of broadband and video
services across the continent and enable a broad range of users to seamlessly
connect their African operations with Europe and North America.

    Telesat's Newest Satellite

    Telstar 11N was launched on a Zenit-3SLB rocket from the Baikonur Space
Center in the Republic of Kazakhstan at 12:30 a.m. local time. Telesat's
tracking station in Gnangara, Australia (near Perth) acquired a signal from
the satellite shortly after spacecraft separation, about six hours after
    Telstar 11N was manufactured by Space Systems/Loral (SS/L), and Sea
Launch provided mission management with its Land Launch partner, Space
International Services Ltd. The satellite will enter into commercial service
after it has successfully completed orbit raising and comprehensive in-orbit
    Telstar 11N uses SS/L's proven 1300 platform, has a solar array span of
31 meters, an expected 15-year mission life, and a launch mass of
approximately 4012 kg.

    About Telesat (

    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
now has a global state-of-the-art fleet of 13 satellites, with another
satellite 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,; Gerry Nagler, (908) 698-4907,

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