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Anik F3 to launch in 2006

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OTTAWA - Telesat announced yesterday that it has selected EADS Astrium, Europe's largest space company, to build the new Anik F3 satellite.

When it launches in 2006, Telesat's Anik F3 will provide a wide range of telecommunications, broadcasting, business communications and Internet-based services to users across North America. Anik F3 will be Telesat's 17th satellite.

"Anik F3 will be the second Astrium-built satellite in Telesat's fleet, and we look forward to continuing this productive and successful collaboration," said Larry Boisvert, Telesat's president and CEO.

As prime contractor for Anik F3, EADS Astrium will design and build the satellite and supply both the payload and the platform. Canadian industry will supply a significant part of the spacecraft equipment and technology. This highly advanced satellite will be equipped with 24 active transponders in C-band, 32 in Ku-band and two in Ka-band.

Anik F3 will have a launch mass of 4.6 tonnes, a solar array span of 35 metres once deployed in orbit, and spacecraft power of 10 kW at end of life. The satellite, operating in geostationary orbit, will provide commercial services for a minimum of 15 years. Anik F3 is based on the E3000 version of the highly successful Eurostar communications satellite family that has been ordered by many of the world's major satellite operators.

With the satellite's construction now underway, Telesat is actively marketing the Anik F3 capacity to prospective Canadian users. Further details on Anik F3's key satellite parameters are available at www.telesat.ca.

The company also announced that it has selected International Launch Services (ILS) for the launch of the Anik F3 satellite in 2006. The satellite will launch on an ILS Proton/Breeze M rocket in Russia.

"A proven track record of launch vehicle reliability and competitive pricing have always been our top priorities when selecting a launch service provider," said Boisvert.

This will be the fourth Telesat satellite launched by ILS on a Proton rocket. The Proton, built by Khrunichev State Research and Production Space Center of Russia, has carried out more than 300 missions for the Russian government and commercial customers over nearly 40 years. The rocket has a reliability record of 96%, and 100% with the Breeze M upper stage.
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