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Thales Alenia Space announces the delivery of the Express-AM44 payload module

14 May 2008

Cannes, May 14, 2008 - Thales Alenia Space today announced that it has delivered the Express-AM44 payload module to the JSC "ISS - Reshetnev Company" site in Krasnoyarsk, Russia (formerly NPO-PM) for integration into JSC ISS' satellite platform, which has started on April 25, 2008". The Express-AM44 satellite, dedicated to the Russian Satellite Communication Company (RSCC), is planed for launch from Baikonur by a Proton-M rocket.

Express-AM44 satellite is designed to provide digital TV and radio broadcasting, telephony, data transmission channels, videoconferencing services and Internet access. The satellite will be also used to deploy communication networks by applying VSAT technology across the territory of Russia, CIS countries, Europe, Asia and Africa.

This communication satellite will carry 37 transponders, including 16 actives transponders in Ku-band, 10 in C-band, and 1 in L-band. It is equipped with 4 antennas requiring high technology know how: three steerable antennas for C and Ku-band as well as a L-band network antenna. It will weight about 2.6 tons at launch, will have a 6 kW electrical power end of life and will be positioned at 11° West.

Reynald Seznec, President and CEO of Thales Alenia Space said: "Since the start of its collaboration with Russian partners in the mid-1990s, Thales Alenia Space has supplied or is in the process of building a total of 15 communication payloads* for Russian companies." In addition, he was delighted to confirm that: "RSCC's Express-AM33 satellite, whose payload has also been provided by Thales Alenia Space, was successfully put into operation few days after its launch."

*To date, Thales Alenia Space has been selected to deliver to Russia 11 payloads for Express-AM and Express-A platforms, 4 for Express-MD platforms (Express-MD1, Express-MD2, Express-MD3/KazSat-1, KazSat -2) as well as 2 repeaters equipment for Loutch platforms.

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 a 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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