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REBOOST MISSION BEGINS WITH THE SUCCESSFUL LAUNCH OF THE SPACE SHUTTLE ENDEAVOUR

 REBOOST MISSION BEGINS WITH THE SUCCESSFUL
 LAUNCH OF THE SPACE SHUTTLE ENDEAVOUR
 WASHINGTON, May 7 /PRNewswire/ -- INTELSAT Vice-President for Engineering and Research Pierre Madon issued the following statement following tonight's successful launch of the NASA space shuttle:
 "All of us at INTELSAT congratulate NASA on the successful launch of Endeavour. Of course, we are very excited about the upcoming space walk to retrieve and reboost the INTELSAT 603 satellite to its proper orbit. The INTELSAT Reboost team located at headquarters, and at five telemetry station sites around the world, have been working very hard to ensure successful implementation of the various responsibilities INTELSAT will have during the mission. These include lowering the satellite over 100 miles to meet the shuttle, preparing the satellite for retrieval by the astronauts, and guiding the satellite to its proper orbit after it is released from the shuttle.
 "We have enjoyed working with NASA over the past two years in planning this mission. Given the intensive training undergone by the astronauts, NASA ground support staff, the INTELSAT Reboost team, and the professionalism of all involved, we believe this mission will be an exciting success."
 With headquarters in Washington, D.C., INTELSAT is the international, commercial cooperative of 122 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 17-satellite global system such services as international video, teleconferencing, facsimile, data and telex.
 Further information can be obtained from joint INTELSAT/NASA briefings held each day during the mission at 8 p.m., EDT, or by calling Tony Trujillo or Michael Newsom at (202) 944-7500.
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 /CONTACT: Tony Trujillo or Michael Newsom of INTELSAT, 202-944-7500/ CO: INTELSAT ST: District of Columbia IN: SU:


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