Press Release

Sea Launch signs with XM Satellite Radio for Additional Launch Services

By SpaceRef Editor
August 11, 2003
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Boeing Launch Services, Inc.
(BLS), a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Boeing Company, today
announced a contract with XM Satellite Radio for the launch of
the XM-4 satellite on a Sea Launch rocket in 2006.

The new contract is a direct arrangement between XM Satellite Radio and
Sea Launch Company, LLC. Sea Launch successfully placed the first two XM
satellites, “Rock” and “Roll” in orbit in 2001. The company also was selected
for the launch of the XM-3 satellite in 2004 as part of a delivery-in-orbit
contract with Boeing Satellite Systems, the manufacturer of all four
satellites.

“We are excited about this opportunity to continue our relationship with
XM Satellite Radio,” said Jim Maser, president and general manager of Sea
Launch. “We helped put XM on the airwaves and now, we will support the
continued growth and success of their award-winning service to radio listeners
across the United States. These new contracts demonstrate our customer’s
confidence in our every-growing record of reliability and accuracy.”

The new contract, signed on August 5, directs the Sea Launch team to
deliver the powerful Boeing 702 spacecraft to geosynchronous transfer orbit
for a final orbital position at 115 degrees West Longitude in support of XM’s
on-going service requirements. The XM-3 spacecraft will be positioned at 85
degrees west longitude.

Designed for a 15-year lifespan, the Boeing 702 model spacecraft will each
generate 18 kilowatts of total power at the start of life in orbit. Alcatel
Space, of Toulouse, France, is providing the high-power, S-band, Digital Audio
Service (DARS) payloads for all of the XM spacecraft. For more information
about the spacecraft, go to: www.boeing.com/satellite and
www.alcatel.com/space

XM Satellite Radio is America’s #1 satellite radio service. With nearly
700,000 subscribers, XM is on pace to have more than one million subscribers
later this year. XM is available on a wide variety of GM, Honda, Toyota,
Infiniti, Nissan and Audi models. GM recently announced that is manufactured
more than 500,000 XM-equipped vehicles and that it will exceed the one million
mark by March 31, 2004. XM radios, including the critically acclaimed Delphi
XM SKYFi radio, are available at Best Buy, Circuit City, Wal-Mart and other
major retailers nationwide. For more information, go to: www.xmradio.com

Sea Launch Company, LLC, headquartered in Long Beach, Calif., is a world
leader in providing heavy-lift commercial launch services. This multinational
partnership offers the most direct and cost-effective route to geostationary
orbit. With the advantage of a launch site on the Equator, the reliable Zenit-
3SL rocket can lift a heavier spacecraft mass or provide longer life on orbit,
offering best value plus schedule assurance. Sea Launch has a current backlog
of 15 firm launch contracts. For additional information and images of this
successfully completed mission, visit the Sea Launch website at:
www.sea-launch.com

Boeing Launch Services, Inc., with headquarters in Huntington Beach,
Calif., is the marketing and sales organization for Sea Launch and the Delta
family of launch vehicles to commercial and government customers. Established
in 2001, BLS has a world-class team that represents a family of vehicles to
meet every payload lift requirement, from 1,000 kg -13,000 kg to
geosynchronous transfer orbit. For more information, go to:
www.boeing.com/launch .

For an electronic version of this press release visit:
http://www.boeing.com/news/releases/2003/q3/nr_030811s.html

SpaceRef staff editor.