TS News - Telstar-5 In Service

TELE-satellit News, 6 July 1997

Telstar-5 In Service
  BEDMINSTER, New Jersey, USA, 97/07/06 (TS) -- Loral Skynet has put the
Telstar 5 satellite into service. It is stationed at 97 degrees West and
will carry television network programming, including the ABC and Fox networks.

  Telstar 5, which carries a total of 52 transponders -- 24 at C- band and
28 at Ku-band -- is based on SS/L's three-axis, body-stabilized FS-1300
bus. It was launched on May 25, 1997, aboard a Proton rocket manufactured
by Khrunichev State Research and Production Space Center of Moscow, in
association with International Launch Services (ILS), a joint venture
company of Lockheed Martin Corporation, and Russian companies Khrunichev
and RSC Energia.

  In addition to Telstar 5 and the already orbiting Telstar 4, which
provides C-band and Ku-band coverage over the continental U.S., Hawaii,
Alaska, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, Loral Skynet's vigorous
growth plan includes future launches of Telstar 6, 7, 8 and 9.  Telstar 6
and Telstar 7, two high-powered satellites being built by Space
Systems/Loral, are expected to be in service in 1998 and 1999, respectively.

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