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Thales Alenia Space wins a contract to design and build high-capacity APSTAR 7 telecommunication satellite for APT

01 October 2009

Cannes, October 1, 2009 – Thales Alenia Space announced it has signed, on September 29, 2009, a contract with the APT Satellite Company Limited, a leading satellite operator in the Asia Pacific Region for the design, manufacture and delivery on ground of a high-capacity telecommunication satellite. The contract also includes Launch Campaign, Training, Launch and Early Operational Phase, In Orbit Tests as well as On Site Support, Dynamic Satellite Simulator, Satellite Control Centre and Baseband Subsystem.

APSTAR 7 will provide reliable broadcasting and telecommunications services over the Asia Pacific Region, Africa, Middle East and a part of Europe.

Based on Thales Alenia Space’s Spacebus 4000 C2 platform, APSTAR 7 is equipped with
28 C-band and 28 Ku-band active transponders. With electrical power of 11.4 kW and payload power of 8.4 kW, the satellite is expected to have a minimum of 15 years lifetime. It will be launched in the first quarter of 2012 to replace APSTAR 2R currently operated at 76.5° East Longitude orbital position.

“We are very proud and honored of this new contract, which will strengthen our partnership with APT. Furthermore, I am very pleased with having our existing customer decide to procure another satellite from us. After building APSTAR 6 for them for the first time, APSTAR 7 will enable us to enhance our offering of more value-added services to APT”, said Reynald Seznec, CEO of Thales Alenia Space.

APSTAR 7 is the second satellite ordered from Thales Alenia Space by APT, and the fifth* satellite ordered by China.

* Sinosat 1, APSTAR 6, Chinasat 6B, Chinasat 9, APSTAR 7

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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