HUGHES SPACE AND COMMUNICATIONS COMPANY
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BRASILSAT B-3 SUCCESSFULLY LAUNCHED
KOUROU, French Guiana, Feb. 4, 1998 -- The Brasilsat B-3 satellite,
built by Hughes Space and Communications Company (HSC), was successfully
launched today to provide expanded services for EMBRATEL, the leading
Brazilian telecommunications company.
Liftoff was at 8:29 p.m. local time (3:29 p.m. PST, 23:29 GMT) at the
space center in Kourou, French Guiana, aboard an Arianespace Ariane 44LP
rocket. Hughes satellite controllers in Daan Mogot, Indonesia, made
contact with the spacecraft approximately 37 minutes after launch,
indicating the satellite is operating normally. After about a month of
maneuvering and in-orbit testing by a combined Hughes/EMBRATEL team, the
satellite will be turned over to EMBRATEL's controllers at Guaratiba,
Brazil. For the next 12 years, Brasilsat B-3 will carry voice, data,
corporate networks and television signals over 28 C-band transponders.
The launch had been scheduled for Jan. 30, but it was delayed four
times because of high winds.
This is the third satellite in the Brasilsat B series built by Hughes
in El Segundo, Calif. All are wide-body, spin-stabilized HS 376W models.
Promon Engenharia SA of Sao Paulo shared in the ground station engineering
work. Brazil's first-generation satellites also were Hughes HS 376
Hughes is the world's leading manufacturer of commercial geostationary
communications satellites, having built nearly 40 percent of those in
operation. As many as 16 HSC-built spacecraft are scheduled for launch in
1998 for commercial and government customers, from four sites around the
world. HSC is a unit of Hughes Electronics Corporation. The earnings of
Hughes Electronics are used to calculate the earnings per share
attributable to GMH (NYSE symbol) common stock.