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INTELSAT ORDERS THREE ADDITIONAL INTELSAT VIII/VIII-A SPACECRAFT AND LEASES ONE EXPRESS SATELLITE TO MEET BURGEONING DEMAND

 WASHINGTON, Sept. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- The INTELSAT board of governors, meeting here Sept. 9-15 for its 98th meeting, has authorized INTELSAT management to buy three additional INTELSAT VIII/VIII-A spacecraft from Martin Marietta Astro Space and lease one Russian Express satellite to meet burgeoning demand for communications services on the global INTELSAT satellite system. The terms and conditions associated with the INTELSAT VIII/VIII-A decision also settle the litigation with Martin Marietta that was initiated after the unsuccessful launch of the INTELSAT 603 satellite in March 1990.
 Two additional VIII-series spacecraft (the INTELSAT 803 and 804) and one modified version (VIII-A -- 805) will be ordered; options for additional VIII or VIII-A satellites may be exercised by March 1994. The 803 and 804 spacecraft will meet the needs of INTELSAT users in the Indian/Asia-Pacific and eastern Atlantic Ocean regions, respectively, for improved C-band coverage and service. With the highest C-band power level ever for an INTELSAT satellite, the 803 and 804 each will provide six global beam transponders, 12 "hemi" beam transponders and 20 zone beam transponders. These satellites also have Ku-band spot beams that can be moved easily between high traffic areas as demand dictates.
 The modified 805 land mass satellite will feature expanded C-band and Ku-band coverages and other technical enhancements to increase its effectiveness to customers in the Asia-Pacific areas. For instance, the 805 will have a minimum C-band e.i.r.p. of 36 dBW and fully maneuverable Ku-band beams that will cover all of China, Korea and most of Japan. And, for flexible response to market requirements, INTELSAT 805 will be able to provide circular or linear polarization in C-band frequencies.
 INTELSAT signed a contract last year for the first two VIII satellites (801 and 802), which are scheduled for launch in late 1995 and early 1996.
 INTELSAT also agreed to lease an Express satellite from INFORMKOSMOS of Russia for a period of five years, beginning operations in June 1994. The Express spacecraft has 10 C-band 36 MHz transponders and two Ku-band 36 MHz transponders which will provide short-term satellite capacity to meet increasing demands for INTELSAT satellite services in the Asia- Pacific region. The board is exercising the first of three options negotiated between the two organizations and announced earlier this year.
 These four satellites bring to 15 the number of spacecraft INTELSAT has on order. The first of the 15 will be launched next month; the remaining 14 are scheduled for launch over the next three years.
 "These decisions will enable us to accomplish our number one business goal: providing cost-effective and reliable satellite capacity when and where our customers need it," said INTELSAT Director General and CEO Irving Goldstein.
 INTELSAT owns and operates the world's only global communications satellite system. With 1992 revenues of US$622 million, the INTELSAT system provides transoceanic, regional and domestic telephone and television services. INTELSAT also offers, via a 19-satellite global system, business services such as international video, teleconferencing, facsimile, data transfer and telex.
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 /CONTACT: Tony Trujillo or Michael Newsom of INTELSAT, 202-944-7500/


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