Press Release

Satellite Network and Services Support Space Shuttle Video and HD NASA TV Feeds

March 20, 2007 – Princeton, N.J./Sterling, Va. – AMERICOM Government Services, Inc. (AGS), a wholly-owned subsidiary of SES AMERICOM, and Marshall Communications Corp. (MARSHALL), a provider of satellite-based telecommunications services and prime contractor, announced today the renewal of a multi-year contract with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

NASA will utilize AGS’ satellite services via MARSHALL to provide Space Shuttle video feed during pre-launch, launch and mission operations. AGS will also broadcast the multiple digital channels recognized as NASA TV. AGS has built and continues to provide and maintain an extensive satellite-based network for NASA that includes strategically located ground stations at many NASA facilities. In addition AGS provides on-going technical support for all network services, video feeds, and TV broadcasts for ongoing scientific analysis, educational initiatives, and distribution to news media outlets.

Built on more than 30 years of continuous service to NASA, the latest renewal was awarded through MARSHALL’s GSA-Federal Technology Services Contract. MARSHALL selected AGS to provide the end-to-end network solution. Services are regularly broadcast to and from NASA Flight Centers across the country including Dryden, Goddard, Johnson, JPL, Kennedy, Marshall, and White Sands.

“AGS was the hands-down choice for the NASA contract because of its high-quality, reliable SATCOM services. The company has an extensive satellite fleet, in-depth knowledge of the government market and expertise in every aspect of SATCOM networks,” said Sonny Marshall, President and CEO of MARSHALL. “A long-time and valued partner of Marshall Communications, AGS has demonstrated that working together we can deliver on what we promise.”

AGS President and CEO Robert T. (Tip) Osterthaler adds, “We greatly value our long-term relationship with MARSHALL and appreciate the confidence NASA has shown in the Marshall-AGS team. Working with MARSHALL, we remain absolutely committed to providing innovative and reliable satellite services in support of the Space Shuttle and other vitally important NASA programs.”

About Marshall Communications

Marshall Communications Corp. is a high technology, “Best of Breed” systems integrator that specializes in satellite communications and streaming media over WANs/LANs (including satellite DVB/IP networks). In business since 1991, MARSHALL’s primary focus is to provide customers with cost effective turnkey systems that use components that are COTS, Standards based and Open Architecture. MARSHALL has over 100 combined years of satellite communications network operations, planning, and systems engineering experience. MARSHALL has successfully supported satellite communications projects at both military and civilian agencies including: Navy Satellite Communications (SPAWAR and NAVAIR), U.S. Army, U.S. Marines, U.S. Air Force, DISA/JEIO, AF Communications, U.S. Postal Service, Department of Homeland Security, Department of State, The Internal Revenue Service, U.S. Geological Survey, U.S. Border Patrol and the Social Security Administration. Using the GSA/FTS Contract, MARSHALL has assembled a proven strategic alliance with a team consisting of major hardware, software and space segment vendor partners. MARSHALL also offers turnkey and custom solutions for satellite antennas and MPEG2/MPEG4/DVB data multicasting to the desktop as well as classical digital television networks. MARSHALL’s secure products and services include Secure Mobile IP Networking, 802.11 (a & b) and 802.16e secure wireless networking Secure (VPN) High Speed Internet Access via satellite (2-way) and wireless broadband video streaming to laptops and pocket PCs. For more information on Marshall Communications Corp. visit our website


AMERICOM GOVERNMENT SERVICES, Inc. (AGS), an independent corporation and wholly owned subsidiary of SES AMERICOM, Inc. is exclusively focused on meeting the satellite communication needs of the U.S. Government. Leveraging more than three decades of experience in the government SATCOM market, AGS offers robust and secure satellite-based communications solutions. By integrating hybrid telecommunications and information technology systems, including leading-edge IP platforms and applications, AGS provides secure broadband communications in support of mission-critical needs as well as day-to-day operations. With access to a fleet of 43 satellites offering comprehensive global coverage and bandwidth portability, AGS’ full range of customized satellite services includes highly reliable fixed, transportable and on-the-move solutions. AGS’ reputation as a provider of high-value end-to-end solutions has been validated by long-term relationships with diverse government customers including: DoD, U.S. Army, U.S. Air Force, Department of Commerce/NOAA, Department of Justice, Department of the Interior, Department of Transportation, NASA, and other civilian and defense-related agencies. For more information,
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