ARIANESPACE MARKS THE 33rd CONSECUTIVE MISSION SUCCESS FOR ARIANE 5

Ariane 5 successfully lofted the civilian Amazonas 2 satellite and the COMSATBw-1 military telecommunications platform from the Spaceport in French Guiana today. This latest launch maintains Arianespace's robust mission pace, with a total of seven flights planned during 2009 - the busiest year of launch activity for Ariane 5 since its commercial introduction in 1999.

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ARIANESPACE MARKS THE 33rd CONSECUTIVE MISSION SUCCESS FOR ARIANE 5

Ariane 5 successfully lofted the civilian Amazonas 2 satellite and the COMSATBw-1 military telecommunications platform from the Spaceport in French Guiana today. This latest launch maintains Arianespace's robust mission pace, with a total of seven flights planned during 2009 - the busiest year of launch activity for Ariane 5 since its commercial introduction in 1999.

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ARIANESPACE MARKS THE 33rd CONSECUTIVE MISSION SUCCESS FOR ARIANE 5

Ariane 5 successfully lofted the civilian Amazonas 2 satellite and the COMSATBw-1 military telecommunications platform from the Spaceport in French Guiana today. This latest launch maintains Arianespace's robust mission pace, with a total of seven flights planned during 2009 - the busiest year of launch activity for Ariane 5 since its commercial introduction in 1999.

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ARIANESPACE MARKS THE 33rd CONSECUTIVE MISSION SUCCESS FOR ARIANE 5

Ariane 5 successfully lofted the civilian Amazonas 2 satellite and the COMSATBw-1 military telecommunications platform from the Spaceport in French Guiana today. This latest launch maintains Arianespace's robust mission pace, with a total of seven flights planned during 2009 - the busiest year of launch activity for Ariane 5 since its commercial introduction in 1999.

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NOORSAT INCREASES CAPACITY ON EUTELSAT SATELLITES TO RAMP UP BROADCASTING SERVICES IN THE MIDDLE EAST

Eutelsat Communications (Euronext Paris: ETL) and NOORSAT Co. W.L.L, one of the leading operators of satellite services in the Middle East, today announced the signature of a multi-year contract for the lease of three additional transponders on Eutelsat’s ATLANTIC BIRD™ 4A satellite.

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Comm Airmen prepare for major career field transformation

Twenty communications Airmen stationed in Germany took part in a training exercise Sept. 18 to 24 at Aviano Air Base, Italy, in preparation for the largest transformation in the history of Air Force communications which is to be completed this October.

When it's all said and done, more than 27,000 enlisted Airmen will transition from 15 communications Air Force Specialty Codes to 11 new cyberspace support specialties designed to help Air Force operators face future challenges of working in and protecting a cyber environment.
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Atlantis Readied for Rollover to VAB

At NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida technicians will perform final tire pressurization today on space shuttle Atlantis.

Vehicle power down, aft structural leak tests and shuttle compartment pressure tests were completed yesterday.

Workers in the Vehicle Assembly Building are in the process of performing final preps on the external fuel tank and two solid rocket boosters before Atlantis is attached to them following rollover, scheduled for Oct. 6.

The six STS-129 crew members will be doing a variety of training exercises today at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston that relate to each astronaut's role in the mission.

In particular, Commander Charlie Hobaugh will be practicing flight proficiency training in a T-38 jet and Mission Specialist Leland Melvin will practice working with the Expedite the Processing of Experiments, or EXPRESS, rack, one of the several pieces of equipment Atlantis will be delivering to the International Space Station.

EXPRESS is a standardized shuttle payload rack system that transports, stores and supports experiments aboard the station.

Rollout of shuttle Atlantis to Kennedy's Launch Pad 39A is scheduled for Oct. 13, and liftoff is targeted for 4:04 p.m. EST Nov. 12.

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