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Optus D1 Satellite scheduled for launch
19 Jul 2006

Optus confirmed today the acceptance of the D1 satellite from satellite manufacturer, Orbital Sciences Corporation in Dulles, Virginia USA.

The Optus D1 satellite is scheduled to be launched in September 2006* from the Guiana Space Centre in Kourou, French Guiana via an Ariane 5 launcher.

The Optus D1 Satellite is the first of the D-series to be launched. This series will provide fixed communication and broadcasting satellite services with geographical coverage of Australia and New Zealand.

The Optus D1 satellite will replace the Optus B1 satellite.

Media contact:
Simone Bergholcs
Optus Corporate Affairs
Tel: (02) 9342 7846

Note to Editor:

*The launch date is subject to change according to slot availability and atmospheric conditions at launch.

An image of the Optus D1 satellite is available on request.