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Thales Alenia Space statement concerning Palapa-D satellite

02 September 2009

Cannes, September 2, 2009 – The Palapa-D telecommunication satellite was launched on August 31, 2009 from Xi Chang by a Long March 3B rocket.

Satellite acquisition was carried out by the ground station in Fucino, Italy, and the satellite was confirmed to be nominal.

Thales Alenia Space and Indosat are proceeding to necessary maneuvers in order to optimize and reconfigure the flight plan from its lower than expected transfer orbit into a geostationary orbit.

The Palapa-D satellite is based on a Spacebus 4000 B3 platform. It is fitted with 24 standard C-band transponders, 11 extended C-band transponders and five Ku-band transponders.

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.

Thales Alenia Space Press Contacts
Florence Pontieux
Tel: +33 (0)1 57 77 91 26 -
Sandrine Bielecki
Tel: +33 (0)4 92 92 70 94 -

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