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Anik F1R Satellite Delivered into Orbit (Oct 4)

TOULOUSE, France --- Telesat’s Anik F1R satellite has successfully completed in-orbit tests and has been placed at the 107.3°W orbital slot, from where commercial service has commenced.

The satellite was formally handed over by satellite manufacturer EADS Astrium to the operator Telesat, as part of the in-orbit delivery contract, only three weeks after launch. The satellite will offer fixed satellite communications services across North America through a total of 56 transponders in C and Ku-bands. It also includes a navigation payload.

The EADS Astrium team in Toulouse took control and began operating the Anik F1r satellite following its launch on 9 September 2005. The satellite was placed in geostationary orbit on 14 September and after full deployment of its antenna reflectors and 36m wingspan solar array, began in-orbit tests, swiftly followed by payload tests at a geostationary orbit location of 118.7°W. All spacecraft functions performed fully as expected. The satellite was then repositioned to its operational orbit location at 107.3°W where Telesat officially took possession and began transferring North American traffic from Anik F1.

Anik F1R the fifth Eurostar E3000 to be launched, is the first of two Anik spacecraft ordered by Telesat from EADS Astrium. The second, Anik F3, is currently under construction and on schedule for launch in 2006.

Telesat is a pioneer and world leader in satellite operations and systems management. The company made history in 1972 with the launch of the first domestic commercial communications satellite in geostationary orbit. Telesat is a wholly-owned subsidiary of BCE Inc., a leading communications company with shares listed in the United States, Canada and Europe.

EADS Astrium is Europe's leading satellite specialist. Its activities cover complete civil and military telecommunications and Earth observation systems, science and navigation programmes, and all spacecraft avionics and equipment. EADS Astrium is a wholly owned subsidiary of EADS SPACE, which is dedicated to providing civil and defence space systems. In 2004, EADS SPACE had a turnover of EUR 2.6 billion and 11,000 employees in France, Germany, the United Kingdom and Spain.

EADS is a global leader in aerospace, defence and related services. In 2004, EADS generated revenues of EUR 31.8 billion and employed a workforce of more than 110,000.

EADS Astrium Delivers Telesat’s Anik F1R Satellite Into Orbit