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ARIANESPACE FLIGHT 61 MARKS SECOND SUCCESS IN 28 DAYS

 WASHINGTON, Nov. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Just four weeks after the successful launch of Intelsat 701 on Flight 60, Arianespace placed two satellites into orbit during the night of Nov. 19-20: SOLIDARIDAD 1, the first second-generation satellite for Telecomunicaciones de Mexico, and METEOSAT 6, the sixth European Space Agency weather satellite for the international Eumetsat organization, the company said.
 The launch vehicle for Flight 61 was an ARIANE 44 LP, fitted with two solid and two liquid-propellant boosters. Liftoff from the Space Center in Kourou, French Guiana, took place on Friday, Nov. 19, at 10:17mn00sec. p.m., local time, that is:
 07:17:00 sec pm Mexico DF time,
 or 08:17:00 sec pm Washington time, EST
 or 01:17:00 sec am GMT on Nov. 20,
 or 02:17:00 sec am Paris time on Nov. 20.
 Commenting on the sixth launch of 1993, Arianespace chairman and CEO Charles Bigot said: "Arianespace has placed itself at the service of a great country, Mexico, by launching its new telecommunications satellite SOLIDARIDAD 1. This has been achieved on the exact date specified in the contract signed 30 months ago, as requested by our client. We are also pleased to have placed into orbit Europe's sixth meteorology satellite METEOSAT 6. Our successful launch this evening is a clear illustration of the two combined elements that drive Arianespace: ensure a reliable, high-performance commercial service for all clients, while guaranteeing independent access to space for Europe, under the best possible conditions."
 Provisional parameters at third stage injection into geostationary transfer orbit were:
 Perigee: 199.2 km (+/- 3 km) for a target of 199.5 km
 Apogee: 35858 km (+/- 156 km) for a target of 35,992 km
 Inclination: 6.99 degrees (+/- 0.06 degrees) for a target of 7
 degrees.
 SOLIDARIDAD 1 is Telecomunicaciones de Mexico's first second- generation telecommunications satellite. Weighing 2,776 kg (6,107 lb) at launch, it was built by Hughes Space & Communications of the United States and will provide a wide range of telecommunications services for Central America, Southwest of United States and the western part of South America.
 METEOSAT 6 is the sixth in a series of European Space Agency (ESA) pre-operational and operational meteorological satellites for the Eumetsat organization, developed under prime contractor Aerospatiale of France. Weight at liftoff was 704 kg (1,549 lb).
 The next Arianespace launch is currently scheduled for the night of Dec. 17. Using an ARIANE 44L launch vehicle, Flight 62 will place into geostationary transfer orbit America's first direct broadcast satellite, DBS-1 for DirecTv and USSB, and Thailand's first satellite, THAICOM 1, for the Shinawatra group.
 Following Flight 61, Arianespace's backlog now stands at 37 satellites to be launched, worth approximately 16.5 billion French francs (about US$2.8 billion).
 Arianespace, an industrial and commercial company, is a world leader in the provision of commercial space transportation services. Arianespace also markets and sells Ariane launch services and provides launch operations from the Guiana Space Center in French Guiana. Arianespace Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Arianespace, is responsible for marketing launch services in the United States; a liaison office in Tokyo assures an Arianespace presence in Japan and in the Pacific region.
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 /CONTACT: Michelle Lyle of Arianespace, 202-628-3936; Claude Sanchez of Arianespace S.A., 33/1-6087-60-13/14; or Dieter Brand of Arianespace Tokyo, 813-3592-2766/


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