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Successful launch of the Chinasat 6B telecommunication satellite, built by Thales Alenia Space

05 July 2007

Cannes, July 5, 2007 - The Chinasat 6B telecommunication satellite, built by Thales Alenia Space as prime contractor, was successfully boosted into orbit today from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in southwest China's Sichuan Province by a Long March 3B rocket. Chinasat 6B will enable ChinaSatcom to offer communication and broadcast capabilities to the Chinese market.

Based on the Thales Alenia Space Spacebus 4000 C2 platform, the satellite will be located at 115.5 degree East. Designed with a lifetime of more than 15 years, the Chinasat 6B satellite has 38 C-band transponders, a launch mass of 4.5 tons and will deliver 9.5 kW of electrical power. Thales Alenia Space has assisted ChinaSatcom for the launch campaign, and will support the company for orbital positioning and in-orbit tests.

Dedicated to television broadcasting, this satellite will enable ChinaSatcom to expand its services in China, allowing easy reception of up to 300 television programs across China, south east Asia, the Pacific and Oceania.

Chinasat 6B was the second contract awarded by ChinaSatcom to Thales Alenia Space, after Chinasat 9. It is also the fourth satellite contract* signed with a Chinese operator, strengthening Thales Alenia Space long standing partnership with China in telecom satellite domain.

*The cooperation between Thales Alenia Space and Chinese satellite operators started in 1984 with the supply of subassemblies for Chinasat 1. Contracts were signed to provide Sinosat 1, Apstar VI, Chinasat 9 and Chinasat 6B satellites.

About Thales Alenia Space
European leader in satellite systems and at the forefront of orbital infrastructures, Thales Alenia Space is a joint venture between Thales (67%) and Finmeccanica (33%). Together with Telespazio, Thales Alenia Space forms the "Space Alliance" between the two groups. The company is a worldwide reference in telecoms, radar and optical Earth observation, defense and security, navigation and science. With 7200 employees and 11 industrial sites, Thales Alenia Space is located in France, Italy, Spain and Belgium.

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