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Thales Alenia Space: a major contributor to upcoming Ariane 5 launch

29 September 2009

Thales Alenia Space built the COMSATBw-1 satellite for EADS Astrium and supplied the AmerHis-2 payload for Hispasat’s Amazonas-2 satellite

Cannes, September 29, 2009 – Thales Alenia Space plays a major role on the upcoming Ariane 5 launch, which will orbit two communications satellites, COMSATBw-1 and Amazonas-2.

As satellite prime contractor, Thales Alenia Space designed, built, integrated, tested and delivered the COMSATBw-1 satellite to EADS Astrium, the space segment prime contractor for this programme. A second satellite in this series, COMSATBw-2, is now being integrated in Cannes for launch in 2010.

The COMSATBw multimission geostationary satellites are based on the Thales Alenia Space Spacebus 3000B platform, and carry payloads mainly provided by Tesat, a subsidiary of Astrium, comprising SHF (Super-High-Frequency), UHF (Ultra-High-Frequency) and Ku-band transponders. Weighing about 2,400 kg at launch, the COMSATBw-1 satellite offers 3.5 kW of power and has a design life estimated at 15 years.

The COMSATBw military communications satellites will deliver key services for the German armed forces. They provide a secure broadband network guaranteeing uninterrupted communications between the government, military authorities and armed forces deployed anywhere in the world.

Thales Alenia Space is a major player in space-based defence systems, offering communications, observation, navigation and early warning systems, with experience as prime contractor for the French Syracuse “milsatcom” system, along with the Italian Sicral and Cosmo-SkyMed systems. The company has built the Koreasat-5 (South Korea) and
Star One C1 and C2 (Brazil) communications satellites, as well as instruments for a number of observation satellites, including Helios 2 and Pleiades in France, SAR-Lupe in Germany and Kompsat 5 in South Korea. Thales Alenia Space also built the satellites for France’s Spirale early warning demonstration system.

Through its Spanish subsidiary Thales Alenia Space España, Thales Alenia Space supplied the AmerHis-2 payload to Hispasat for the Amazonas-2 satellite, built by EADS Astrium as prime contractor. AmerHis is a real-time broadband IP system, enabling Hispasat to extend its satellites’ coverage capacity in North and South America.

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, 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 -

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