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Multi-mission Azerspace-2/Intelsat 38 satellite to provide high-performance for services that inform, entertain and connect people in Europe and Asia

PALO ALTO, CA, Sept. 26, 2018 /CNW/ - SSL, a Maxar Technologies company (formerly MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd.) (NYSE: MAXR) (TSX: MAXR), and a leading provider of innovative satellites and spacecraft systems, announced today the multi-mission Azerspace-2/Intelsat 38 communications satellite is successfully performing post-launch maneuvers following launch aboard an Ariane 5 launch vehicle from the European Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana. The satellite deployed its solar arrays shortly after launch and will begin firing its main thruster tomorrow to propel toward its final orbit at 45 degrees East.

"SSL-built satellites like Azerspace-2/Intelsat 38 help build a better world, making information and communications more accessible," said Dario Zamarian, group president of SSL. "I would like to thank Azercosmos and Intelsat for their trust in SSL. Thank you also to the teams at SSL and Arianespace for the excellent teamwork and commitment making this launch a success."

For Azercosmos, the satellite meets the growing demand for direct-to-home (DTH) television, government and network services in Europe, Central and South Asia, the Middle East and Sub-Saharan Africa. It is the second telecommunication satellite for Azercosmos and will expand on the service currently available from Azerspace-1.

"SSL proved to be an excellent and reliable partner to help us make Azerspace-2 a reality," said Rashad Nabiyev, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Azercosmos. "Now that the satellite has successfully launched we look forward to providing enhanced service offerings to our customers."

For Intelsat, the satellite provides continuity of service for the SSL-built Intelsat 12 satellite, launched in 2000. At 45 degrees East longitude, it provides DTH platforms for Central and Eastern Europe as well as the Asia-Pacific region. Intelsat 38 also delivers valuable broadband connectivity for corporate networks and government applications in Africa. 

"SSL has been a trusted and valued manufacturing partner of Intelsat's for many years," said Ken Lee, Intelsat's senior vice president of space systems. "Our customers have benefited from their innovative designs and the new Intelsat 38 satellite payload is no exception. It will enable our media customers in Central and Eastern Europe and Asia to grow their business and deliver fast, reliable broadband connectivity to corporate enterprise and government customers in Africa."

The satellite design is based on the highly reliable SSL 1300 satellite platform that provides the flexibility for a broad range of applications and technology advances. Azerspace-2/Intelsat 38 is designed to provide service for 15 years or more. SSL has built more than 275 satellites over its 60 year history. With this launch, there are now 90 satellites built by SSL in geostationary orbit.

About SSL
SSL, based in Palo Alto, California, is a leading provider of advanced spacecraft systems, with broad expertise to support commercial and government satellite operators and innovative space missions. The company designs and manufactures spacecraft for services such as direct-to-home television, video content distribution, broadband internet, mobile communications, in-orbit servicing, space exploration, and Earth observation. As a Silicon Valley innovator for 60 years, SSL's advanced product line includes state-of-the-art small satellites, and sophisticated robotics and autonomous solutions for remote operations. SSL is a Maxar Technologies company (NYSE: MAXR) (TSX: MAXR). For more information, visit

About Maxar Technologies
As a global leader of advanced space technology solutions, Maxar Technologies (formerly MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates) is at the nexus of the new space economy, developing and sustaining the infrastructure and delivering the information, services, systems that unlock the promise of space for commercial and government markets. As a trusted partner, Maxar Technologies provides vertically integrated capabilities and expertise including satellites, Earth imagery, robotics, geospatial data and analytics to help customers anticipate and address their most complex mission-critical challenges with confidence. With more than 6,500 employees in over 30 global locations, the Maxar Technologies portfolio of commercial space brands includes MDA, SSL, DigitalGlobe and Radiant Solutions. Every day, billions of people rely on Maxar to communicate, share information and data, and deliver insights that Build a Better World. Maxar trades on the Toronto Stock Exchange and New York Stock Exchange as MAXR. For more information, visit

About Azercosmos
Azercosmos is the premier satellite operator in the South Caucasus. Azerspace-1, the telecommunication satellite operated by Azercosmos, provides highly-reliable broadband and broadcast solutions to its customers in Europe, Africa, Middle East, the Caucasus, and Central Asia. The satellite, to operate in orbit for at least 15 years, was launched in February 2013 and is equipped with 36 transponders: 24 in C-band and 12 in Ku-band at 46° East longitude. In December 2014, Azercosmos took over the rights to operate and commercialize Azersky, high resolution (1.5m imagery products) optical Earth observation satellite, and entered into the commercial business of Earth observation services, including Geo-Information services. Strategic development plans of the company include enhancing the coverage area and spectrum of services by launching the second telecommunications satellite Azerspace-2 at 45° East longitude in 2018. For more information, visit:

About Intelsat
Intelsat S.A. (NYSE: I) operates the world's first Globalized Network, delivering high-quality, cost-effective video and broadband services anywhere in the world. Intelsat's Globalized Network combines the world's largest satellite backbone with terrestrial infrastructure, managed services and an open, interoperable architecture to enable customers to drive revenue and reach through a new generation of network services. Thousands of organizations serving billions of people worldwide rely on Intelsat to provide ubiquitous broadband connectivity, multi-format video broadcasting, secure satellite communications and seamless mobility services. The end result is an entirely new world, one that allows us to envision the impossible, connect without boundaries and transform the ways in which we live. For more information, visit

Wendy Lewis | SSL Media Contact | 1-650-852-5188 | 
Jason Gursky | Maxar Investor Relations | 1-303-684-2207 | 
Nancy Coleman | Maxar Media Contact | 1-303-684-1674 |

Azercosmos Contact
Aysel Soltanova | Azercosmos Corporate Communications Director |

Intelsat Contact
Michele Loguidice | Intelsat, Director of Corporate Communications | 703.558.7372 |

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