SCC Orders New Superbird Satellite

SCC Orders New Superbird Satellite

Tokyo, Japan, April 8, 1998 (TS-ASIA) -- Space Communications Corp. has
placed an order for a new satellite, Superbird-4, with Hughes Space and
Communications International Inc. Financial terms were not disclosed.

The satellite is the second spacecraft SCC has ordered from Hughes. It is a
high-power HS 601 model set for launch in early 2000 on an Ariane rocket,
and is expected to operate for more than 11 years from its orbital slot of
162 degrees East longitude. It will have 23 active transponders, powered by
traveling-wave tubes of more than 80 watts. The satellite will also carry
broadband and high-speed data services, via six transponders in Ka-band,
powered by 50-watt TWTAs.

The spacecraft will have two main antennas, one for Ku-band and one for
Ka-band. It also will have a steerable spot beam for Ku-band to increase
service where needed.

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