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Thales Alenia Space statement concerning the Eutelsat W2 satellite

28 January 2010

Cannes, January 28, 2010 – The W2 satellite operated by Eutelsat Communications experienced an anomaly during the evening of January 27, 2010.

The satellite was placed in secure standby mode so that Thales Alenia Space could carry out all required investigative steps in conjunction with its customer, Eutelsat.

Launched in October 1998, the satellite was built using an SB3000 platform, and carries a payload comprising 24 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, 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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