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Thales Alenia Space to deliver Giove-B satellite to ESA

30 August 2007

Cannes, August 30, 2007 - Thales Alenia Space announced today that on September 3rd it will ship Giove-B, the second test satellite in the Galileo navigation constellation, from its plant in Rome to the ESA-ESTEC facility in Noordwijk, the Netherlands.

The production team, led by prime contractor Thales Alenia Space and including Telespazio, EADS Astrium and ESA, has now completed all preliminary tests, including the thermal-vacuum test that duplicates the satellite's in-orbit environment.

By passing the thermal-vacuum test, the Giove-B satellite demonstrated that is ready for delivery to ESTEC in Noordwijk. The satellite will undergo further tests in The Netherlands before being sent to the Baikonur cosmodrome to start launch preparations. Satellite launch on a Soyuz rocket is scheduled for the end of the year.

The Giove-B satellite should validate various critical Galileo technologies. In particular, Giove-B will provide in-orbit testing of the atomic clocks - the cornerstone of the navigation system.

Thales Alenia Space's Rome plant was responsible for satellite integration, platform and system tests, as well as vibration, shock and thermal-vacuum tests.

About Thales Alenia Space
The European leader in satellite systems and a major player in orbital infrastructures, Thales Alenia Space is a joint venture between Thales (67%) and Finmeccanica (33%). Thales Alenia Space and Telespazio embody the two groups' "Space Alliance". Thales Alenia Space sets the global standard in solutions for space telecoms, radar and optical Earth observation, defense and security, navigation and science. The company has a total of 7,200 employees and 11 industrial sites, with locations in France, Italy, Spain and Belgium.

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