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Turksat 3A telecommunication satellite successfully launched

13 June 2008

Cannes, June 13 , 2008 - Turksat 3A communication satellite built by Thales Alenia Space was successfully launched on June, 12 by an Ariane 5 ECA from the Kourou site, in French Guiana.

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 join the four other satellites manufactured by Thales Alenia Space for Turkey over the past 10 years*.

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

About Thales Alenia Space
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 design and manufacturing facilities in France, Italy, Spain and Belgium.
www.thalesaleniaspace.com



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