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Yahsat first satellite Y1A shipped to launch site

21 February 2011

* Communications satellite built by Astrium and Thales Alenia Space for Yahsat, to be launched by Ariane in March 2011.
* Y1A will provide a large range of commercial and governmental communications services over the Middle East, Africa, South West Asia and Europe.

Cannes, 18 February 2011 -- The Yahsat first satellite Y1A built by Astrium and Thales Alenia Space has left the Astrium facilities in Toulouse, France, and was transported by air to Kourou, French Guiana, in preparation for its launch by an Ariane 5 vehicle in March 2011.

Y1A is the first satellite built for Al Yah Satellite Communications Company (Yahsat) by an industrial team of Astrium and Thales Alenia Space acting as co-prime contractors as part of a turnkey two-satellite system contract led by Astrium. Astrium supplied the Eurostar E3000 platform and assembled and tested the spacecraft. Thales Alenia Space supplied the communications payload operating in C-, Ku- and Ka-bands. Thales Alenia Space is also in charge of the launcher procurement. The Launch and Early Orbit Phase will be conducted from the Astrium spacecraft control centre in Toulouse.

Y1A will have a launch mass of 6,000 kg and a spacecraft power of 14kW at the end of its 15-year designed lifetime.

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 2009, has a total of 7,200 employees located in 9 industrial sites in France, Italy, Spain and Belgium.

Thales Alenia Space Press Contacts
Sandrine Bielecki - Tel: +33 (0)4 92 92 70 94

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