SPACE SYSTEMS/LORAL CELEBRATES SUCCESS OF INTELSAT VII PROGRAM
Eight Loral-built Satellites Launched for Intelsat from 1993-1996 Continue Robust Operation, Exceed Requirements
PALO ALTO, Calif. June 27, 2007 Space Systems/Loral (SS/L), a subsidiary of Loral Space & Communications (NASDAQ:LORL) and the world's leading provider of high-power commercial satellites, today announced that it is celebrating the success of the Intelsat VII program launched between 1993 and 1996. All eight geosynchronous satellites, initially built by SS/L for Intelsat Ltd., continue healthy operations after surpassing their contracted life. Seven of them still belong to the Intelsat fleet, one being flown by another operator.
"These robust communication satellites will continue to provide high quality services to our media, network services, and government customer sectors," said Thierry Guillemin, Intelsat's vice president satellite operations and engineering.
The last of the Intelsat VII series spacecraft, launched on June 15, 1996, reached its 3,960 day orbital design life on May 29, 2007. In all, the Intelsat VII program has cumulatively logged more than 10 years of operation beyond its contractual life, and continues providing excellent services today.
"SS/L is pleased with the performance of the Intelsat VII fleet and we appreciate how Intelsat's project oversight contributed to the program's success," said Pat DeWitt, chief executive officer of Space Systems/Loral. "I personally have seen Intelsat evolve from an international consortium of governments to the highly successful commercial powerhouse that it is today. After so many years of working together we are proud that Intelsat continues to entrust us with its satellite procurement needs."
The Intelsat VII satellites were groundbreaking in terms of new technology introduction and many of the structures and systems developed for this program became the baseline for SS/L's highly-reliable 1300 satellite bus. Important firsts included developments in control electronics, propellant systems, solar arrays and the qualification of new materials.
SS/L used a programmable microprocessor for Satellite Control Electronics (SCE) for the first time on the Intelsat VII satellites. The automated system performs commanding, telemetry, thermal heater control and spacecraft attitude control. The basic design for currently used bi-propellant thrusters, the main satellite propellant system and the basic structure of today's solar array wings were also first developed for the Intelsat VII series. Additionally, the Intelsat VII spacecraft were the first to use much of the graphite composite structure that is used today in the 1300 satellite bus.
Intelsat is the leading provider of fixed satellite services (FSS) worldwide and is the leading provider of these services to each of the media, network services and government customer sectors, enabling people and businesses everywhere constant access to information and entertainment. Intelsat offers customers a greater business potential by providing them access to unrivaled resources with ease of business and peace of mind. An extensive customer base, including some of the world's leading media and communications companies, multinational corporations, Internet service providers and government/military organizations, utilizes our services. Real-time, constant communication with people anywhere in the world is closer, by far.
About Space Systems/Loral
Based in Palo Alto, California, SS/L designs and builds satellites and spacecraft systems for commercial and government customers around the world. As the leading provider of high-power commercial satellites, the company works closely with satellite operators to deliver spacecraft for a broad range of services including direct-to-home television, digital audio radio, broadband Internet, and digital multimedia broadcasting. With a 50-year history and nearly 1,400 on-orbit years logged, SS/L helps customers meet business objectives with advanced solutions based on space-proven heritage designs. For more information, visit www.ssloral.com.
About Loral Space & Communications
Loral Space & Communications is a satellite communications company. In addition to Space Systems/Loral, through its Skynet subsidiary Loral owns and operates a fleet of telecommunications satellites used to broadcast video entertainment programming, and for broadband data transmission, Internet services, and other value-added communications services. For more information, visit Loral's web site at www.ssloral.com.
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