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Amazonas-2 satellite to embark Thales Alenia Space's AmerHis-2 system

22 September 2009

The company provided AmerHis-2, the most complex and advanced Multimedia Regenerative Communication Payload as well as TCR equipments

Madrid, September 22, 2009 – Hispasat’s Amazonas-2 telecommunication satellite will embark AmerHis-2, the advanced Multimedia Regenerative system provided by Thales Alenia Space, and dedicated to extend the current Hispasat satellite communications capacity in North and South America. The satellite will be launched on September 30, 2009 from Kourou, French Guiana by an Ariane 5 ECA. Amazonas-2 satellite is developed under EADS Astrium prime contractorship.

Thales Alenia Space - through its subsidiary Thales Alenia Space España – was in charge of the design, production, integration and final tests of the AmerHis-2 advanced Multimedia Communication Repeater and for the supply of the Ku-band TTC Communication, receivers and passive RF equipments.

Based on the previous experience gained in the design and development of the AmerHis-1(*) Multimedia Regenerative Communication system, Hispasat and Thales Alenia Space incorporated additional improvements not only in the On-Board Processor (OBP), but also in the associated ground segment, comprising the Network Control Centre (NCC). The system represents a highly novel but proven solution for meshed broadband communications via satellite, based on the DVB-S/DVB-RCS regenerative processor.

AmerHis-2 will provide a wide range of communications services enabling direct communication between users located at any geographical point within the satellite coverage areas. It will then provide real-time voice and video services such as Voice over IP (VoIP) or videoconferencing as well as Direct To Home television (DTH).

Fernando Ortega, CTO of Thales Alenia Space España declared: "We are proud of the progress attained and activities undertaken by both companies, which reflect the technological maturity achieved and the leadership in the regenerative broadband communication payloads". Fernando Ortega also highlighted the importance of Hispasat’s investment in new technology developments, which contribute to the enhancement and development of the Spanish space sector.

(*) The first AmerHis-1 repeater was embarked on the Hispasat Amazonas-1 satellite. Launched on 5 August 2004. It is presently providing service to both civilian and military clients for meshed communications services.
Recently a contract was signed with Hispasat for the development of Redsat, an advanced Communications Payload for the AG1 satellite of Hisapsat, which will provide DVB-RCS/DVB-S2 capabilities including an IP router in space.

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, defence and security, navigation and science. The company, which achieved revenues of Euro 2 billion in 2008, has a total of 7,200 employees located in 11 industrial sites 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 -

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 passive RF equipment and a pioneer in onboard processing components and subsystems. It has already contributed to more than 135 communication, optical and radar Earth observation, science and navigation satellite programs, as well as space infrastructures.

Thales Alenia Space España Press Contact:
Ricardo Díaz
Tel: +34 (91) 807 7876

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