Press Release

Space Systems/Loral Selected by PanAmSat to Build New Satellite

By SpaceRef Editor
October 15, 2003
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Space Systems/Loral (SS/L), a subsidiary of Loral Space & Communications, announced today that PanAmSat Corporation has
agreed to issue SS/L an authorization to proceed (ATP) with the design and
construction of a new satellite. Revenue for the construction of the satellite
will be in excess of $100 million. In addition, PanAmSat has agreed to enter
into an option for an in-orbit spare for one of its existing satellites on
terms and conditions to be agreed to.

The ATP from PanAmSat is for the Galaxy 16 program, a C- and Ku-band
satellite with 48 transponders to be delivered December 31, 2005.

At the same time, Hughes Electronics Corporation, majority owner of
PanAmSat and parent of DIRECTV, notified Loral that the ATPs for two
satellites previously issued to SS/L by DIRECTV are now fully enforceable and
binding. Further, Hughes advised that DIRECTV will make advance payments of
$25 million on each of those two satellite orders and PanAmSat will make an
advance payment of $25 million on its new satellite order, for a combined
total advance of $75 million. Proceeding with the construction of the
satellite for PanAmSat and the two satellites for DIRECTV is subject to the
approval of the Bankruptcy Court at a hearing scheduled for October 21, 2003.

In connection with this matter, on October 9, 2003, Loral received a
proposal from EchoStar Communications Corporation to acquire the DIRECTV 7S
satellite (now under construction) for $100 million and to provide ATPs for
two additional satellites. Loral, however, has indicated that it intends to
proceed with the DIRECTV and PanAmSat agreements rather than the EchoStar

Space Systems/Loral is a premier designer, manufacturer, and integrator of
powerful satellites and satellite systems. SS/L also provides a range of
related services that include mission control operations and procurement of
launch services. Based in Palo Alto, Calif., the company has an international
base of commercial and governmental customers whose applications include
broadband digital communications, direct-to-home broadcast, defense
communications, environmental monitoring, and air traffic control. SS/L is ISO
9001:2000 certified. For more information, visit

Loral Space & Communications is a satellite communications company.
Through its Skynet subsidiary, it owns and operates a global fleet of
telecommunications satellites used by television and cable networks to
broadcast video entertainment programming, and by communication service
providers, resellers, corporate and government customers for broadband data
transmission, Internet services and other value-added communications services.
Loral also is a world-class leader in the design and manufacture of satellites
and satellite systems through its Space Systems/Loral subsidiary.

This document contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of
Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the
Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. In addition, Loral Space &
Communications Ltd. or its representatives have made or may make forward-
looking statements, orally or in writing, which may be included in, but are
not limited to, various filings made by the company with the Securities and
Exchange Commission, press releases or oral statements made with the approval
of an authorized executive officer of the company. Actual results could differ
materially from those projected or suggested in any forward-looking statements
as a result of a wide variety of factors and conditions. These factors include
those related to the filing, on July 15, 2003 by Loral and certain of its
subsidiaries, of voluntary petitions for reorganization under Chapter 11 of
Title 11 of the United States Code in the United States District Court for the
Southern District of New York and parallel insolvency proceedings in the
Supreme Court of Bermuda in which certain partners of KPMG were appointed as
joint provisional liquidators. Additional factors and conditions are also
described in the section of the company’s annual report on Form 10-K for the
fiscal year ended December 31, 2002, entitled “Certain Factors That May Affect
Future Results,” and the company’s other filings with the Securities and
Exchange Commission. The reader is specifically referred to these documents.

SpaceRef staff editor.