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Telesat’s Phase 1 LEO Satellite Is Operational – Live Testing and Demonstrations with Satellite Industry Leaders to Commence in Coming Weeks

May 22, 2018

Telesat announced today that orbit raising and payload testing on its Phase 1 LEO satellite have been completed and that the spacecraft is now ready to support live demonstrations of its capabilities.

Testing of Telesat’s Phase 1 LEO is an important milestone in the company’s plans to deploy a global LEO constellation that will revolutionize broadband communications services around the world. As previously announced, satellite industry leaders including Global Eagle Entertainment, OmniAccess and Optus Satellite have agreed to collaborate in live, over-the-air trials on Telesat Phase 1 LEO. Other companies that serve major markets of interest to Telesat will also be participating.

Once fully deployed, Telesat’s LEO constellation is designed to deliver transformative, fiber-like broadband for commercial and government customers throughout the world. The initial constellation will consist of approximately 120 state-of-the-art satellites providing full global coverage and Telesat is evaluating options to expand its system beyond this initial configuration.

Phase 1 testing will enable satellite leaders to experience key advantages of the Telesat’s LEO system – including ultra-low latency and high speeds – and assess the role Telesat’s constellation can play in their next-generation broadband networks. In addition to the satellite testing, Telesat and participating companies will explore longerterm joint services and market development plans focusing on Telesat’s LEO program.

“Telesat is pleased to have signed a number of highly respected, industry leaders who are eager to participate in live trials on Telesat’s Phase 1 LEO satellite,” said Dave Wendling, Telesat’s Chief Technical Officer. “We’re equally pleased to begin Phase 1 LEO testing and demonstrate the transformative capabilities that Telesat’s LEO constellation will deliver, including far higher data rates with superior latency at low cost. Not only will the broadband experience of Telesat’s LEO system be on par with advanced terrestrial networks but, for the first time ever, it will enable the availability of high performing broadband on a global basis. We look forward to beginning customer trials and continuing to collaborate with industrial partners in optimizing our space and ground capabilities as we work to deploy a high capacity network that will deliver low latency, fiber-like broadband to commercial and government users throughout the world".