Commercial Satellite Leader to Provide Space-Proven Propulsion System for Moon Exploration

Palo Alto, Calif. – January 6, 2010 — Space Systems/Loral (SS/L), a subsidiary of Loral Space & Communications (NASDAQ: LORL) and the leading provider of commercial satellites, today announced that it has been selected to provide a propulsion system to NASA Ames Research Center for the Lunar Atmosphere Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) spacecraft. The contract demonstrates NASA’s success in leveraging the capability of commercially proven technology for U.S. Government missions.

“We are very pleased to have this opportunity to work with our neighbor, NASA Ames, and to help the U.S. Government leverage the extensive heritage and mission capability of technologies developed for commercial satellites,” said John Celli, president of Space Systems/Loral. “NASA Ames has designed a very versatile spacecraft platform for unmanned space exploration and our propulsion system is available as a long-term solution for these important scientific missions.”

NASA's LADEE spacecraft is a small observatory that will study the moon's thin atmosphere and dust above the lunar surface. The LADEE propulsion system will be a variant of the mission-critical system used over many years on SS/L’s geostationary satellites for television, radio, broadband internet, meteorology, and a host of other services. Currently there are 59 SS/L-built satellites orbiting Earth, and the company has logged more than 1,600 satellite years on orbit.

“The LADEE mission is extremely important in helping researchers understand how the lunar environment will affect future explorers,” said Stevan Spremo, deputy project manager for LADEE at NASA Ames. “Space Systems/Loral understands the importance of this mission and presented us with a unique propulsion solution for our Modular Common Spacecraft Bus. Working with a commercial manufacturer is helping NASA to meet the demands for a lower-cost approach to science missions.”

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 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 more active transponders on three-axis controlled spacecraft than any other satellite manufacturer, 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. Through its Space Systems/Loral subsidiary, the company is a world-class leader in the design and manufacture of satellites and satellite systems for commercial and government applications including direct-to-home television, broadband communications, wireless telephony, weather monitoring, and air traffic management. Loral also owns 64 percent of Telesat, one of the world’s largest providers of satellite services. Telesat operates a fleet of telecommunications satellites used to broadcast video entertainment programming, distribute direct-to-home video and broadband data services, and other value-added communications services. For more information, visit Loral’s web site at www.loral.com. LORL-G

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Wendy Lewis
Space Systems/Loral