Seal Beach, Calif. – Nov. 26, 2001 – DIRECTV-4S, a high-power satellite
built by Boeing Satellite Systems, was successfully launched today aboard an
Ariane 44LP rocket from the Guiana Space Center on the northeastern coast of
South America. The Boeing 601HP satellite was provided to DIRECTV, Inc., by
Boeing Space and Communications, a business of The Boeing Company (NSYE:

Liftoff occurred at 9:35 p.m. at the launch site (4:35 p.m. PST; 12:35 a.m.
Nov. 27 GMT). DIRECTV-4S’ first signals were received approximately four
hours later at the Hartebeesthoek tracking station in South Africa,
confirming that systems are operating normally.

After orbit-raising and testing are completed, DIRECTV-4S will be stationed
at 101 degrees West longitude with other DIRECTV satellites that deliver the
company’s nationwide digital satellite television service. DIRECTV-4S will
provide DIRECTV with significant capacity to deliver additional local
channels in major U.S. television markets, and it will also strengthen the
redundancy of its in-orbit fleet.

“DIRECTV-4S is the fifth Boeing-built satellite to be deployed by DIRECTV,”
said Randy Brinkley, president of Boeing Satellite Systems. “With its
successful launch, we feel a renewed pride in our long relationship with
DIRECTV, a customer whose name has become synonymous with the best in
satellite-delivered multichannel digital entertainment.”

The launch of 9,400-pound DIRECTV-4S marks the commercial debut of two
important spacecraft technologies. This is the first satellite both for
DIRECTV and Boeing that employs spot beams. This technology reuses the same
frequencies on multiple spot beams to reach the major television markets
where DIRECTV delivers the signals of local network affiliates.

DIRECTV-4S is also the world’s first commercial satellite to employ
high-efficiency solar arrays with triple-junction gallium arsenide solar
cells built by Spectrolab, Inc. a Boeing Satellite Systems subsidiary.
Triple-junction solar cells have a three-layered structure, with each layer
able to capture and convert a different portion of the solar spectrum. The
DIRECTV-4S solar cells will be able to convert 24.5 percent of the sun’s
energy into electricity. The spacecraft’s two solar arrays are together
designed to deliver 8.3 kilowatts of power at the end of its 15-year design

The nearly 86-foot-long, 24.5-foot-wide spacecraft carries two Ku-band
payloads: spot beams for local channels, and a national beam payload. The
spot beam payload will use a total of 38 traveling wave-tube amplifiers
(TWTAs) ranging in power from 30 to 88 watts. The national beam payload
carries two active transponders with further capability for two active
high-power transponders and six active low-power transponders.

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provider with more than 10.3 million customers. DIRECTV and the Cyclone
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Boeing Space and Communications is the world’s leading manufacturer of
commercial communications satellites, and is also a major provider of space
systems, satellites, and payloads for national defense, science and
environmental applications.

The Boeing Company (NYSE: BA) is the largest aerospace company in the world
and the United States’ leading exporter. It is NASA’s largest contractor and
the largest manufacturer of commercial jetliners and military aircraft. The
company’s capabilities in aerospace also include rotorcraft, electronic and
defense systems, missiles, rocket engines, launch vehicles, satellites, and
advanced information and communication systems. The company has an extensive
global reach with customers in 145 countries.