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Thuraya-3 Satellite Successfully Launched to Orbit by Sea Launch

Abu Dhabi, UAE, 15 January 2008 – The third Geo-mobile satellite of Thuraya Satellite Telecom Co. has successfully been launched by Sea Launch today, allowing Thuraya to embark on major expansion plans and provide its cutting-edge mobile satellite services in the Asia-Pacific region in the first quarter of 2008.

Lifting off at 11:49 GMT (15:49 p.m. UAE local time) from the Odyssey Launch Platform at 154 degrees Wes Longitude, the Zenit-3SL rocket placed the 5,173 kg (11,381 lb) Thuraya-3 satellite manufactured by Boeing into Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit. Spacecraft separation occurred 99 minutes after liftoff, at 1,388 miles above the Pacific Ocean, north of New Zealand. A tracking station in Fillmore, California, acquired the first signal from the spacecraft a few minutes later as planned. All systems performed nominally throughout the flight.

In a press statement following the launch, Thuraya's CEO Mr. Yousuf Al Sayed says, "The launch of Thuraya-3 is a significant milestone in the Company's progress and growth, and in reinforcing Thuraya's status as dynamic, world leading, multi-regional mobile satellite operator, "He also said that Thuraya has had a logn and impressive history with Sea Launch. "We have launched three Geo-mobile satellites so far, all by Sea Launch, and all have been very successful, "said Al Sayed, adding that Thuraya is continuously expanding, and Sea Launch had been instrumental in meeting Thuraya's growing requirements. He also reiterated that Company had already completed all Ground network preparations for Thuraya-3, and signed commercial partnerships with several promising partners in Asia-Pacific. Hence all is set for commercial launch very early in 2008. "Congratulations to Thuraya on the tremendous success of this mission, "said Rob Peckham, president and general manager of Sea Launch. "I also want to congratulate Boeing Satellite Systems and tanks the entire Sea Launch team and all the people around the world who support us. "We are proud to be supporting Thuraya's expansion into the Asia-Pacific market with the launch of Thuraya-3. We especially appreciate Thuraya's continued trust and confidence in our launch services and we look forward to future opportunities to support the growth of their business, "Peckham said. Boeing built the Thuraya-3 spacecraft to provide a range of mobile voice and data services over large geographic regions. Thuraya, the world's largest provider of handheld mobile satellite services, is preparing to operate commercially in Asia-Pacific markets as early as January 2008, when Thuraya-3 is expected to become operational. With a designed lifetime of 12 years, the satellite will be positioned in Geosynchronous Orbit, 35,786 km (22,236 miles) above the Earth, at 98.5 degrees East Longitude. Thuraya, based in the United Arab Emirates, provides cost-effective mobile satellite services in more than 110 countries in Asia, Africa, Europe and the Middle East. Services provided by Thuraya include mobile voice, broadband, maritime, rural telephony, fleet management and other advanced applications that enable people and businesses everywhere under its coverage to enjoy constant access to communications and information.

The Company has launched its third satellite on 15 January this year, bringing countries of the Asia-Pacific region under its footprint and extending its coverage to nearly two thirds of the globe's population.

   
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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