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    SES'Quetzsat-1 Satellite Scheduled For Launch

    SES S.A. announces that the QuetzSat-1 satellite will be launched into space from the Baikonur Cosmodrome on board an ILS Proton Breeze M rocket at 00:32 a.m. local time on September 30th, 2011 (September 29th, 2011 at 20:32 p.m. CEST, 14:32 p.m. EDT).

    The QuetzSat-1 spacecraft, manufactured by Space Systems/Loral (SS/L), is an all Ku-band (32 transponder) high-powered (20-kilowatt) communications satellite with coverage of Mexico, USA, and Central America. To be positioned at 77 degrees West, QuetzSat-1 is fully contracted to a subsidiary of EchoStar Corporation and will be used in part by DISH Mexico, an EchoStar joint venture, for Direct-To-Home (DTH) services in Mexico and for DISH Network in the U.S.

    In North America, DISH Network subscribers can tune into the live broadcast of the launch by selecting DISH Network's Channel 101. The video transmission will also be available on AMC-3 at 87 degrees West, C4, downlink frequency 3780.0 MHz, vertical polarization, service ID 136201. In Europe, the video broadcast of the launch is available via 19.2 degrees East, transponder 1.037, downlink frequency 11023.25 MHz, horizontal polarisation, symbol rate 22.0 MSym/s, FEC 5/6, service ID 5232, service name QuetzSat-1 Launch.

    A webcast is available via www.ilslaunch.com. The video of the launch of QuetzSat-1 will begin approximately 20 minutes before liftoff.

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    SES'Quetzsat-1 Satellite Roars Into Space On Board ILS Proton

    SES S.A. announces that the QuezSat-1 satellite roared into space on board an ILS Proton Breeze M booster today at 00:32 am Baikonur time (20:32 CEST and 14:32 EDT on September 29th, 2011). After a 9-hour, 13-minute mission, the Breeze M upper stage of the Proton rocket successfully released the QuetzSat-1 satellite directly into geostationary transfer orbit.

    QuetzSat-1 is an all Ku-band high-powered (20-kilowatt) communications broadcasting satellite with coverage of Mexico, USA, and Central America which is fully contracted to a subsidiary of EchoStar Corporation. The spacecraft is based on Space Systems/Loral's highly reliable 1300 satellite platform and carries 32 Ku-band transponders. QuetzSat-1 provides the flexibility to support a broad range of applications and technology advances and provides high power for advanced DTH television. It is designed to deliver service for 15 years or longer.

    Romain Bausch, President and CEO of SES declared: "The launch of QuetzSat-1 is the fourth successful SES satellite launch this year. We would like to thank Space Systems/Loral and ILS for a mission well executed according to specifications. And we look forward to providing EchoStar with a state-of-the-art new satellite to support the services they provide to their customers in the United States and Mexico."

    ILS President Frank McKenna said: "We are honored to partner with industry innovator SES in launching over one third of their operational fleet on ILS Proton over the past 15 years. QuetzSat-1 is a very important satellite to SES and their customer EchoStar and ILS has worked in partnership to make this launch a success. We thank the teams of SES, ILS, Khrunichev and Space Systems/Loral for ensuring mission success with the ILS Proton launch of QuetzSat-1 and we look forward to our upcoming launches with SES."

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