PanAmSat Lands in Kazakhstan With PAS-10 Satellite; Prepares Launch From Baikonur Cosmodrome

New Indian Ocean Region Spacecraft to Enable Development of Advanced

Communications Networks Serving Customers Across Four Continents



Apr 18, 2001, 01:00 ET from PanAmSat

    GREENWICH, Conn., April 18 /PRNewswire/ -- PanAmSat Corporation
 (Nasdaq:   SPOT) today announced that the company's new PAS-10 Indian Ocean
 Region satellite has arrived in Kazakhstan in preparation for its May launch
 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome. PAS-10 will be rocketed into space aboard a
 Proton launch vehicle and will provide digital video, data and Internet
 services throughout a 30-million square mile footprint.
     "PAS-10, which will deliver broadcast, high-speed data and Internet
 services across Europe, Africa and Asia, demonstrates our strong commitment to
 our long-term and valued customers," Robert A. Bednarek, PanAmSat's executive
 vice president and chief technology officer.  "When PAS-10 goes into operation
 it also will enable PanAmSat to target new growth opportunities emerging in
 the Indian subcontinent as well as Central and Western Asia."
     PAS-10, which contains 24 C-band and 24 Ku-band transponders, will succeed
 the PAS-4 Indian Ocean Region satellite at 68.5 degrees east longitude. At
 that location, the company's latest spacecraft will broadcast some of the
 world's top international programming to audiences throughout its footprint,
 including the BBC, CNN, CCTV, Discovery, Doordarshan, ESPN, MTV, NHK,
 Nickelodeon, Sony and TNT.
     PAS-10's Ku-band payload, which offers 60 percent more Ku-band
 transmission power than that of the PAS-4 satellite, contains multiple high-
 powered beams focused on Africa, Europe, India, the Middle East, Central and
 Western Asia as well as Northeast Asia. Many of these beams can be switched
 between the various regions, offering greater versatility and flexible service
 options for the creation of new platforms for the delivery of data and
 IP-based services.
 
     About PanAmSat
     PanAmSat is a leading provider of global video and data broadcasting
 services via satellite. The company builds, owns and operates networks that
 deliver entertainment and information to cable television systems, TV
 broadcast affiliates, direct-to-home TV operators, Internet service providers,
 telecommunications companies and corporations. With 20 spacecraft in orbit
 today, PanAmSat has the world's largest commercial geostationary satellite
 network. The company will expand its global fleet to 22 spacecraft by year-end
 2001. PanAmSat is 81 percent owned by HUGHES Electronics Corporation. For more
 information on PanAmSat, visit the company's web site at
 http://www.panamsat.com.
 
     About HUGHES Electronics
     HUGHES Electronics Corporation is a world-leading provider of digital
 television entertainment, broadband services, satellite-based private business
 networks, and global video and data broadcasting. HUGHES is a unit of General
 Motors Corporation. The earnings of HUGHES are used to calculate the earnings
 per share attributable to the General Motors Class H common stock (NYSE:   GMH).
 
 

SOURCE PanAmSat
    GREENWICH, Conn., April 18 /PRNewswire/ -- PanAmSat Corporation
 (Nasdaq:   SPOT) today announced that the company's new PAS-10 Indian Ocean
 Region satellite has arrived in Kazakhstan in preparation for its May launch
 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome. PAS-10 will be rocketed into space aboard a
 Proton launch vehicle and will provide digital video, data and Internet
 services throughout a 30-million square mile footprint.
     "PAS-10, which will deliver broadcast, high-speed data and Internet
 services across Europe, Africa and Asia, demonstrates our strong commitment to
 our long-term and valued customers," Robert A. Bednarek, PanAmSat's executive
 vice president and chief technology officer.  "When PAS-10 goes into operation
 it also will enable PanAmSat to target new growth opportunities emerging in
 the Indian subcontinent as well as Central and Western Asia."
     PAS-10, which contains 24 C-band and 24 Ku-band transponders, will succeed
 the PAS-4 Indian Ocean Region satellite at 68.5 degrees east longitude. At
 that location, the company's latest spacecraft will broadcast some of the
 world's top international programming to audiences throughout its footprint,
 including the BBC, CNN, CCTV, Discovery, Doordarshan, ESPN, MTV, NHK,
 Nickelodeon, Sony and TNT.
     PAS-10's Ku-band payload, which offers 60 percent more Ku-band
 transmission power than that of the PAS-4 satellite, contains multiple high-
 powered beams focused on Africa, Europe, India, the Middle East, Central and
 Western Asia as well as Northeast Asia. Many of these beams can be switched
 between the various regions, offering greater versatility and flexible service
 options for the creation of new platforms for the delivery of data and
 IP-based services.
 
     About PanAmSat
     PanAmSat is a leading provider of global video and data broadcasting
 services via satellite. The company builds, owns and operates networks that
 deliver entertainment and information to cable television systems, TV
 broadcast affiliates, direct-to-home TV operators, Internet service providers,
 telecommunications companies and corporations. With 20 spacecraft in orbit
 today, PanAmSat has the world's largest commercial geostationary satellite
 network. The company will expand its global fleet to 22 spacecraft by year-end
 2001. PanAmSat is 81 percent owned by HUGHES Electronics Corporation. For more
 information on PanAmSat, visit the company's web site at
 http://www.panamsat.com.
 
     About HUGHES Electronics
     HUGHES Electronics Corporation is a world-leading provider of digital
 television entertainment, broadband services, satellite-based private business
 networks, and global video and data broadcasting. HUGHES is a unit of General
 Motors Corporation. The earnings of HUGHES are used to calculate the earnings
 per share attributable to the General Motors Class H common stock (NYSE:   GMH).
 
 SOURCE  PanAmSat

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