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Arianespace To Launch ProtoStar I

The ProtoStar 1 satellite.
by Staff Writers
Paris, France (SPX) Jan 09, 2007
Arianespace CEO Jean-Yves Le Gall has announced during his annual January press conference that Arianespace will launch the ProtoStar I satellite for ProtoStar. This is the 280th launch contract won by Arianespace since its inception in March 1980. ProtoStar I will be placed into geostationary transfer orbit by an Ariane 5 from the Guiana Space Center, Europe's Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, during the first half of 2008.

Weighing in at 4100 kg, ProtoStar I is a Space Systems/Loral (SS/L) 1300 platform, built in Palo Alto, California and will be the 34th platform built by SS/L to be launched by Arianespace. The satellite will be equipped with 22 Ku-band 36 MHz equivalent and 38 C-band 36 MHz equivalent transponders, and will provide digital DTH services, HDTV and Broadband Internet to underserved areas in Asia.

"We are honored to be a part of this new venture. Protostar has exhibited remarkable vision with its plan for bringing DTH satellite coverage to Asia, and Arianespace stands-ready to launch this vision, literally and figuratively," said Jean-Yves Le Gall, Arianespace CEO.

"ProtoStar sought a launch services provider that has a proven track record and we have found that in Arianespace. We are excited to partner with a company that has a great deal of experience in working with new ventures like ProtoStar," said Philip Father, President and CEO of ProtoStar.

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SkyTerra Announces Closing Of Transaction With BCE
Reston VA (SPX) Jan 09, 2007
SkyTerra Communications has announced that it had completed its previously announced acquisition of BCE's stake in Mobile Satellite Ventures LP (MSV). In connection with the transaction, SkyTerra issued approximately 22.5 million shares of its non-voting common stock to BCE in exchange for approximately 8.0 million limited partnership interests in MSV and the corresponding shares in the corporate general partner, reflecting the same exchange ratio used in the recent transactions with MSV's other partners.







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