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Thales Alenia Space España contributed to 17 out of 49 satellites launched in 2008

19 January 2009

Madrid, January 19, 2009 - Thales Alenia Space España, Thales Alenia Space's Spanish subsidiary, supplied Active and Passive Radiofrequency communication, digital electronic and data handling units, subsystems and equipment for the main satellite programs launched in year 2008: Star One C2, Amos-3, Turksat 3A, Skynet 5C, SAR-Lupe 4 and 5, Superbird-7, AMC21, Astra 1M, Hot Bird 9, W2M, Ciel-2, Jason-2, Theos 1, Ibex, ATV Jules Verne, Giove-B, among others.

Angel Post, Chief Executive Officer of Thales Alenia Space España, said: "We are very proud to succeed in providing equipment for the major satellite programs in the world, in both commercial and military segments, as well as for Earth observation, Sciences, Navigation and Space infrastructure applications, which further strengthens our position as high-tech space borne subsystem & equipment supplier. At the same time, these successes bolster our European leadership in advanced telecom subsystems and transponders, all these as result from a strong R&D involvement, combined with the full support of Thales Alenia Space and institutions."

Thales Alenia Space España has an industrial site in Tres Cantos, Madrid, devoted to the development, manufacture, integration and testing of subsystems and equipment for TTC communications, Passive Radiofrequency, on-board Regenerative Processing, on-board Data Handling and Optical payload electronics.

With 20 years of experience in space programs, Thales Alenia Space España to date has provided over 3100 satellite's equipment embarked onboard of 130 satellite programs, both for civilian and military uses with application in telecommunications and navigation, radar and optical observation, space science and space infrastructure. Some of the equipment embarked are dedicated to the spacecraft control and data communications from Earth stations, other to perform broadband multimedia DVB advanced communications, and other to the processing of the information received from the on-board scientific instruments.

The Spanish subsidiary is at the forefront of space technology and Thales Alenia Space's excellence centre for the development and supply of advanced telecom repeaters and subsystems, Radio communications for space systems and medium resolution Optical payloads.

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. www.thalesaleniaspace.com

About Thales Alenia Space España
Thales Alenia Space España, the Spanish subsidiary of Thales Alenia Space, is a world leader in S-band TT&C subsystems, a recognized supplier of microwave RF equipment and a pioneer in onboard processing components and subsystems. It has already contributed to more than 130 communication, optical and radar Earth observation, science and navigation satellite programs, as well as space infrastructures.

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