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INTELSAT PURCHASES THREE SATELLITES -- TWO VIII-SERIES AND ONE ADDITIONAL VII-A SPACECRAFT; ALSO CALLS FOR ACCELERATED DELIVERY OF PREVIOUSLY ORDERED VII-As

 INTELSAT PURCHASES THREE SATELLITES -- TWO VIII-SERIES AND ONE


ADDITIONAL VII-A SPACECRAFT; ALSO CALLS FOR ACCELERATED DELIVERY
 OF PREVIOUSLY ORDERED VII-As
 WASHINGTON, Sept. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- The INTELSAT board of governors has authorized the purchase of three satellites, the first two being the initial order of the new INTELSAT VIII-series (801 and 802) from GE Astro Space. The third is an additional VII-A spacecraft (INTELSAT 708) from Space Systems/Loral. The board also approved accelerated delivery of two previously ordered VII-As.
 The initial contract for two GE Astro Space INTELSAT VIII satellites is valued at nearly US$165 million, with delivery dates of September 1995 and January 1996. Procurement of additional satellites in this series will be addressed by the board during 1993 in time to ensure production line continuity.
 The amendment to the Space Systems/Loral contract for the additional VII-A is valued at nearly US$140 million, with a delivery date of March 1995. The first two VII-A spacecraft were ordered in December 1990 and will now be delivered in July and November 1994.
 The contract amendment for accelerated delivery of the INTELSAT 706 and 707 satellites provides for the establishment of parallel assembly, integration and test facilities at the Aerospatiale plant located in Cannes, France, to complement the Space Systems/Loral facilities located in Palo Alto, Calif.
 The decision to procure three satellites at this time is based on the most recent demand forecast and capacity analysis, which establish clear requirements for additional satellites to meet INTELSAT customer needs for satellite capacity.
 The INTELSAT VIII satellites are designed to meet the needs of INTELSAT users in the Pacific Ocean region for improved C-band coverage and service. These satellites will incorporate six-fold C-band frequency reuse, two-fold frequency reuse of expanded C-band capacity, and the highest C-band power level ever for an INTELSAT satellite.
 The new spacecraft will provide significantly more C-band capacity for public switched telephony and INTELSAT Business Service, better quality for video services, and encourage new international VSAT applications.
 The superior C-band payload of the new spacecraft, in combination with the high Ku-band capacity of the INTELSAT VII/VII-A series, will give INTELSAT customers significant flexibility in designing networks to meet global user demands throughout the 1990s.
 With headquarters in Washington, INTELSAT is the international, commercial cooperative of 124 member nations that owns and operates the global communications satellite system used worldwide by 180 member and non-member countries, territories and dependencies for their international and, in many instances, domestic communications.
 The major provider of transoceanic telephone and television services, INTELSAT also offers via its 19-satellite global system such services as international video, teleconferencing, facsimile, data and telex.
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 /CONTACT: Tony Trujillo or Michael Newsom of INTELSAT, 202-944-7500/ CO: INTELSAT ST: District of Columbia IN: TLS SU:


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