SS/L Brings Broad Experience with Satellite Broadband to THOR 7 Program

Palo Alto, Calif. — June 20, 2011 — Space Systems/Loral (SS/L), the leading provider of commercial satellites, today announced that it has been awarded a contract to provide a multi-mission spacecraft for Telenor Satellite Broadcasting (TSBc).  The satellite, THOR 7, will include Telenor’s first Ka-band payload, which will be used for maritime broadband services.  It also includes a Ku-band payload for expanded broadcast capacity in Central and Eastern Europe.

“Space Systems/Loral’s high power capability and broad experience with Ka-band satellites was significant in our decision to choose this manufacturer,” said Cato Halsaa, vice president and CEO of TSBc.  “The ongoing proliferation of video content both on television and the Internet, assures the role of satellite around the world, and THOR 7 will help us support this growing demand in our regions.”

THOR 7 will be positioned, together with the existing THOR fleet, at 1 degree West.  Based on SS/L’s highly reliable 1300 satellite platform, it will be equipped with 11 Ku-band transponders, dedicated to expanded broadcast services in Europe and additional Ku-band capacity for back-up.  The Ka-band payload will be used to meet the growing demand for high-bandwidth broadband communications by the maritime industry and includes spot beams over the North Sea, Norwegian Sea, Red Sea, Baltic Sea, the Persian Gulf, and the Mediterranean. 

“We are very pleased to have the opportunity to apply our extensive experience with multi-mission satellites and Ka-band communications to this new satellite for Telenor Satellite Broadcasting,” said John Celli, president of Space Systems/Loral. “Our companies share a similar vision of the benefits of satellite communications for entertainment, economic improvement, and other vital services. We appreciate Telenor’s confidence in our company to deliver this important satellite.”

Space Systems/Loral is the leader in putting broadband capacity in space, with a history of building Ka-band satellites since the 1970s. The company currently has seven satellites with Ka-band payloads under construction at its satellite manufacturing facility in Palo Alto, Calif.  THOR 7 is scheduled to begin service in early 2014 and is designed to provide service for 15 years or longer. 

About Telenor Satellite Broadcasting AS
Operating from the prime European orbital location of 1° West, Telenor Satellite Broadcasting (TSBc) provides extensive television broadcasting services for distribution and contribution applications to broadcasters, utilising a hybrid network that comprises terrestrial circuits, earth stations, and the satellite fleet. TSBc delivers end-user connectivity and broadband application services via satellite in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa and has also established inclined-satellite operations at the 4º West orbital position.  Visit the company’s website at www.telenorsbc.com.

About Space Systems/Loral
Space Systems/Loral, a subsidiary of Loral Space & Communications (NASDAQ: LORL), has a long history of delivering reliable satellites and spacecraft systems for commercial and government customers around the world. As the world’s leading provider of commercial satellites, the company works closely with satellite operators to provide spacecraft for a broad range of services including television and radio distribution, digital audio radio, broadband Internet, and mobile communications.  Billions of people around the world depend on SS/L satellites every day.  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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