MCI COMMUNICATIONS and The News Corporation, with Loral Space, have formed a joint venture to launch two $400 million communications satellites in 1997-8. The satellites will provide high-power digital direct-to-home television services from a co-location at 110¡W longitude in geostationary orbit.

The first Loral-built satellite will be launched on an ILS International Launch Services Russian Proton in late 1997 and the second on an ILS Atlas 2AS in early 1998.

Source: Flight International