ARIANESPACE CHOSEN TO LAUNCH THE ALPHASAT I-XL COMMUNICATIONS SATELLITE

Arianespace's eighth Service & Solutions contract of 2009 was signed to loft the new Alphasat I-XL communications satellite, to be used by British operator Inmarsat. Ariane 5 is scheduled to launch the satellite - which will provide advanced mobile voice and data communications services across Europe, Africa and the Middle East - from Europe's Spaceport in French Guiana in 2012. This contract follows a partnership agreement between Inmarsat and the European Space Agency (ESA) concerning the commercialization of the first mission to use the new European platform, Alphabus.

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ARIANESPACE CHOSEN TO LAUNCH THE ALPHASAT I-XL COMMUNICATIONS SATELLITE

Arianespace's eighth Service & Solutions contract of 2009 was signed to loft the new Alphasat I-XL communications satellite, to be used by British operator Inmarsat. Ariane 5 is scheduled to launch the satellite - which will provide advanced mobile voice and data communications services across Europe, Africa and the Middle East - from Europe's Spaceport in French Guiana in 2012. This contract follows a partnership agreement between Inmarsat and the European Space Agency (ESA) concerning the commercialization of the first mission to use the new European platform, Alphabus.

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ARIANESPACE CHOSEN TO LAUNCH THE ALPHASAT I-XL COMMUNICATIONS SATELLITE

Arianespace's eighth Service & Solutions contract of 2009 was signed to loft the new Alphasat I-XL communications satellite, to be used by British operator Inmarsat. Ariane 5 is scheduled to launch the satellite - which will provide advanced mobile voice and data communications services across Europe, Africa and the Middle East - from Europe's Spaceport in French Guiana in 2012. This contract follows a partnership agreement between Inmarsat and the European Space Agency (ESA) concerning the commercialization of the first mission to use the new European platform, Alphabus.

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ARIANESPACE CHOSEN TO LAUNCH THE ALPHASAT I-XL COMMUNICATIONS SATELLITE

Arianespace's eighth Service & Solutions contract of 2009 was signed to loft the new Alphasat I-XL communications satellite, to be used by British operator Inmarsat. Ariane 5 is scheduled to launch the satellite - which will provide advanced mobile voice and data communications services across Europe, Africa and the Middle East - from Europe's Spaceport in French Guiana in 2012. This contract follows a partnership agreement between Inmarsat and the European Space Agency (ESA) concerning the commercialization of the first mission to use the new European platform, Alphabus.

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PRE-LAUNCH PROCESSING BEGINS FOR TERRESTAR-1 AT THE SPACEPORT

TerreStar-1 has begun pre-launch processing at the Spaceport in French Guiana for its upcoming mission on Ariane 5. The largest commercial telecommunications satellite ever to be launched has already undergone a fit-check with the adapter that will serve as its interface with the Ariane 5.

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DIRECTOR GENERAL OF THE EUROPEAN SPACE AGENCY VISITS FRENCH GUIANA

On a visit to French Guiana last week to witness the successful launch of his agency's Herschel and Planck spacecraft, European Space Agency Director General Jean-Jacques Dordain was updated on preparations for the upcoming introduction of the medium-lift Soyuz and lightweight Vega at the Spaceport. Dordain also toured the new launch facilities for both vehicles, accompanied by Arianespace Chairman & CEO Jean-Yves Le Gall.

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PRE-LAUNCH PROCESSING BEGINS FOR TERRESTAR-1 AT THE SPACEPORT

TerreStar-1 has begun pre-launch processing at the Spaceport in French Guiana for its upcoming mission on Ariane 5. The largest commercial telecommunications satellite ever to be launched has already undergone a fit-check with the adapter that will serve as its interface with the Ariane 5.

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