Palo Alto, Calif. – September 30, 2011 — Space Systems/Loral (SS/L), the world’s leading provider of commercial satellites, today announced that the QuetzSat-1 satellite, procured by SES (Euronext Paris and Luxembourg Stock Exchange: SESG), is performing post-launch maneuvers according to plan. The satellite deployed its solar arrays early this morning, following yesterday’s successful launch from the Baikonur Space Center in Kazakhstan aboard an ILS Proton Breeze M vehicle provided by International Launch Services (ILS). Tomorrow, it will begin the first of several thruster firings to maneuver into geosynchronous orbit.
“On behalf of the hundreds of people who worked on the QuetzSat program, I would like to express our excitement and pride in seeing this satellite successfully launched and performing according to plan,” said John Celli, president of Space Systems/Loral. "It has been our privilege to work closely with SES over the past few years and to provide them with some of the world’s most powerful satellites for advanced television services.”
QuetzSat-1 is a 20-kilowatt all Ku-band communications satellite that will provide high power Direct-To-Home (DTH) services to Mexico, North America, and Central America. It is fully contracted to a subsidiary of EchoStar Corporation.
“Space Systems/Loral has helped us take the next step in our global growth strategy by providing the QuetzSat-1 satellite,” said Martin Halliwell, Chief Technology Officer of SES. “We expect this satellite to provide top quality, reliable DTH services for our customer EchoStar.”
QuetzSat-1 is SS/L’s sixth 20-kilowatt satellite to be placed into orbit. It is based on the 1300 space-proven platform, which has a long history of reliability and provides the power and flexibility to support a broad range of applications and technology advances. With this launch, there are 65 SS/L-built 1300 satellites currently on orbit.
SES is a world-leading satellite operator with a fleet of 49 geostationary satellites. The company provides satellite communications services to broadcasters, content and internet service providers, mobile and fixed network operators and business and governmental organisations worldwide.
SES stands for long-lasting business relationships, high-quality service and excellence in the broadcasting industry. The culturally diverse regional teams of SES are located around the globe and work closely with customers to meet their specific satellite bandwidth and service requirements.
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