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Turksat 3A telecommunication satellite is ready for launch

28 May 2008

Cannes, May 28 , 2008 - Turksat 3A communication satellite built by Thales Alenia Space is now ready for launch at the Kourou site, in French Guiana.

To be launched by an Ariane 5 ECA rocket on May 30th, Turksat 3A satellite will enable Turksat to provide telecommunication services as well as direct TV broadcasting services across a wider area than existing satellites covering Turkey, Europe, The Middle East, North Africa and Central Asia. With the help of its switchable transponders, Turksat 3A will act as a bridge between Europe and Asia. Turksat 3A's Turkey coverage has been specially designed to provide very efficient gain for broadband applications like VSAT services giving customers low-cost, up-link opportunities.

Based on Thales Alenia Space Spacebus 4000B2, Turksat 3A will be fitted with 24 Ku-band transponders with beginning of life power of about 8 kW. Positioned at 42°E, Turksat 3A will weigh 3110 kg at launch and will replace Turksat 1C satellite.

Reynald Seznec, the new President and CEO of Thales Alenia Space notes: "As a long-standing partner to Turksat, Thales Alenia Space is both proud and honored to contribute to Turksat's continuing growth. We are looking forward to further consolidating this successful partnership, and we hope to continue working with Turksat for many years to come. This event is also a special one for me as it marks my very first Spacebus launch. From a personal viewpoint, I am very pleased to be part of the global space community".

In orbit Turksat 3A will join the four other satellites manufactured by Thales Alenia Space over the past 10 years*.

* Turksat 1A, Turksat1B, Turksat1C, Turksat 2A (Eurasiasat).

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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