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 FORT WAYNE, Ind., Nov. 22 /PRNewswire/ -- RIMSAT, Ltd., today announced that its second communications satellite successfully achieved geosynchronous orbit over the Pacific Ocean on Saturday, Nov. 19. The satellite was launched by a Russian Proton rocket at 9 a.m. (EST) on Nov. 18.
 This is the first launch under a $130 million agreement between RIMSAT, a two-year-old company based in Fort Wayne, Ind., and Russia. RIMSAT already operates an existing satellite that was repositioned over the Pacific in July of this year.
 After systems testing is completed in December, the new satellite will receive and transmit signals over an area from Arabia to the Hawaiian Islands and from north of the Soviet Republic to south of Australia. The area includes China, Japan, Korea, Indonesia, India, Singapore, Hong Kong and the Philippines.
 Under RIMSAT's agreement, Russia plans to launch another Gorizont in March 1994, followed by four more powerful Express satellites over the next 36 months. The launches occur from Baikinour, Kazakhstan, approximately 1,600 miles southeast of Moscow where facilities are located to control and maintain the satellites.
 "These satellites permit us to respond to pent-up demand in the world's fastest growing telecommunications market," said James Simon, RIMSAT's managing director, in making today's announcement.
 "Our first satellite is in commercial operation and we expect RIMSAT I will be in service shortly after completion of its in-orbit tests," Michael Sternberg, RIMSAT's chief operating officer, said. "We're pleased to offer proven, reliable communications through this cooperative effort with the Russian Federation and its community of space experts," Sternberg said.
 Simon noted that RIMSAT's agreements represent one of the largest hard currency commitments made by and Western communications company to the new Russian Republic's space industry.
 The Russian participant manufacturing the satellite and managing the launch is the Informcosmos Stock Company chaired by Igor S. Tsyrlin, director general. Informcosmos represents the Production Association of Applied Mechanics; Russian Institute of Space Device Engineering; The Scientific Research Institute of Radio; Russian Satellite Communications Company; and The International Joint-Stock Bank "Vostok."
 RIMSAT's operations in Russia are licensed by the Russian Space Agency under the leadership of Yuro Koptev. The satellites are manufactured by one of the world's leading producers, NPOPM, in Krasnoyarsk, Russia, under the direction of Academician Mikhail Reshetnev.
 The launch of the new satellite comes almost exactly one and a half years after RIMSAT announced its formation and its agreement with Russia.
 Each RIMSAT Gorizont satellite carries six C-Band and one Ku-band transponder. RIMSAT's first satellite, TONGASAT, is in geosynchronous orbit at 134 degrees east longitude. RIMSAT I has taken up position at 130 degrees east longitude.
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