Press Release

WorldSpace Signs Contract with United States Air Force Weather Agency To Transmit Weather Data Over AfriStar East Beam

By SpaceRef Editor
March 24, 2003
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WorldSpace Corporation, the pioneer
in satellite audio and multimedia broadcasting, has signed an agreement with
the United Sates Air Force Weather Agency to transmit up to the minute weather
information using the East Beam of the WorldSpace AfirStar satellite.

The WorldSpace multimedia broadcasting system delivers data to end users
direct from satellite, eliminating the expense and network congestion
associated with traditional dial-up Internet service. Now a robust multimedia
service operating at download speeds of up to 128 Kbps, all without the need
of a telephone line.

Harris Corp, with the WorldSpace infrastructure, strengthens the Air
Force’s capability to automate product generation and distribution of weather
products thereby reducing their labor effort that is a 24 hours a day, seven
days a week operation. The WorldSpace system will allow the receipt of
weather data on laptop computers using a digital receiver and antenna that
weighs less than 5 lbs. This eliminates the need for large cumbersome
equipment that can hinder mobility. This is truly the best first in weather
receiving system utilizing existing technology and a commercial communications

“WorldSpace is poised to provide excellent datacasting services for the
United States Air Force,” said Noah Samara, Chairman and CEO. “WorldSpace is
pleased that the Harris Corporation and the United States Air Force selected
WorldSpace as the Datacasting provider. Helping organizations to become more
efficient and communicate better is our goal. Our past experience in helping
other government organizations with their datacasting needs provides us with
the expertise and a strong commitment to meeting the global satellite needs of
the US Government.”

Harris Government Communications Systems Division (GCSD) located in
Melbourne, Florida provides the technology base for their company’s diverse
commercial business.

Our systems’ users are generally experts in their fields. We recognize
the capability of WorldSpace’s technology to easily meet customer requirements
for datacasting.

About WorldSpace

WorldSpace, a satellite radio company, broadcasts digital audio, data, and
multimedia content to Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and Europe. WorldSpace
has conceived and built the first ever satellite radio infrastructure in the
world. Today, the WorldSpace satellite network consists of two geostationary
satellites: AfriStar(TM) and AsiaStar(TM), providing a combined coverage area
including Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and Western Europe. Each satellite
broadcasts three beams with each beam capable of delivering more than 40
crystal clear audio, data, and multimedia channels directly to portable
receivers and personal computer adapters. For more information, visit the
WorldSpace website at .

SpaceRef staff editor.