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Ariane Espace Press Release on successful AMOS 2 Launch

Dec 28, 2003

Following is the press Release by Ariane Espace on completion of mission ST12 - AMOS 2 Launch:

Arianespace/Starsem Flight ST12
December 28 Mission Wrap-up: AMOS 2 is successfully orbited by Soyuz/Fregat

Israel's AMOS 2 telecommunications satellite was successfully placed into geostationary transfer orbit today by Arianespace/Starsem Flight ST12 - which used a Soyuz/Fregat vehicle launched from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

The 1,374-kg. AMOS 2 was deployed from the Fregat upper stage approximately 6 hours 47 minutes after the liftoff from Baikonur Cosmodrome's Launch Pad #6, which occurred at 2:30 a.m. local time (21h30 GMT, 10:30 p.m. at Paris, and 11:30 p.m. in Tel Aviv).

A total of three burns of the Fregat stage were performed prior to AMOS 2's injection into geostationary transfer orbit.

AMOS 2 was designed and built by the MBT Space Division of Israel Aircraft Industries, and is equipped with a payload of Ku-band transponders for direct-to-home video broadcasting, Internet and data transmissions. The three-axis stabilized spacecraft has a design lifetime of 12 years.

To be co-located at an orbital position of 4 deg. West along with the AMOS 1 spacecraft (which was launched by Arianespace in 1996), AMOS 2 will provide telecommunications operator Spacecom Ltd. with additional relay capacity over Europe, the Middle East and the U.S. East Coast.

"We would like to especially thank Starsem and Arianespace, which have spared no effort for this launch, handled with exemplary professionalism," said Joseph Weiss, General Manager of Israel Aircraft Industries' Space Division. "I will not soon forget the majestic vision of Soyuz as it lifted off."

AMOS 2 originally was scheduled for an Ariane 5 launch, but was switched to Soyuz/Fregat in a decision with the client and as a result of the flexible Arianespace/Starsem launcher family policy.

"On behalf of Starsem and Arianespace I would like to thank IAI for its renewed confidence," Starsem Chairman and CEO Jean-Marie Luton said after the ST12 mission's successful completion. "I also would like to thank our Russian partners for this first success to GTO orbit with the prestigious Soyuz launch vehicle."

ST12 marked the 12th mission for Starsem, which has responsibility for commercialization and operation of Soyuz in the international marketplace. Starsem's shareholders are Arianespace, EADS, the Russian Aviation and Space Agency (Rosaviacosmos) and the Samara Space Center.

Tonight's launch was the 1,684th mission for a Soyuz family vehicle.

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