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ARIANESPACE FLIGHT V53 SUCCESSFULLY LAUNCHES HISPASAT AND SATCOM

ARIANESPACE FLIGHT V53 SUCCESSFULLY LAUNCHES HISPASAT AND SATCOM
 WASHINGTON, Sept. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Arianespace successfully placed in orbit Hispasat 1A, Spain's first telecommunications satellite, and Satcom C3 for GE Americom of the United States.
 Arianespace launched Hispasat 1A and Satcom C3 from the Space Center in Kourou, French Guiana, on Sept. 10 at:
 8:04 p.m. Kourou, French Guiana
 11:04 p.m. GMT
 7:04 p.m. (EDT) Washington, D.C.
 1:04 a.m. Paris and Madrid, Sept. 11, 1992
 The Ariane 44LP (two liquid and two solid propellant strap-on boosters) orbited a total payload of 4,084 kg (8,985 lb). Hispasat 1A and Satcom C3 were placed into a geostationary transfer orbit (GTO). Provisional parameters at
third stage injection were: Perigee: 197 km (plus/minus 10 km) for a target of 199.7 km Apogee: 35,916 km (plus/minus 10 km) for a target of 35,893 km Inclination: 6.94 (plus/minus 0.1) degrees for a target of 7.00 degrees
 Hispasat 1A was built by Toulouse-based Matra Marconi Space for Hispasat. Weighing 2,194 kg (4,827 lb) at liftoff, it is equipped with three high-power 110-W transponders for direct TV broadcasting services and 10 transponders for telecommunications. The Hispasat system, comprising two geostationary satellites, is Spain's first national telecommunications system. It will provide television, radio, telephone and data transmission services, as well as channels reserved for government communications. Located over the Atlantic Ocean, Hispasat 1A will cover Spain and the Balearie and Canary Islands, as well as offering a channel for TV broadcasts to the Spanish-speaking Americas.
 GE Americom Communications also chose Europe's launch vehicle for their Satcom C3 satellite, built by GE Astro Space in New Jersey. Weighing 1,375 kg (3,025 lb) at liftoff, this TV broadcast satellite carries 24 C-band transponders to provide program transmission services for cable networks. Located over the Pacific Ocean, it will cover the United States, including Alaska and Hawaii.
 "With this successful launch coming just a month after Flight 52, Arianespace has once again underscored its ability to satisfy its customers' flexibility and availability requirements. We are proud of our role in helping Spain extend its communications reach throughout Europe and to other
Spanish-speaking countries with tonight's successful launch. In launching Satcom C3 for GE Americom, Arianespace continues to serve one of the key U.S. telecommunications operators. With the V53 launch, Arianespace truly 'works for the Americas,'" said Arianespace Chairman and CEO Charles Bigot.
 The next Arianespace launch is now scheduled for mid-October 1992. Flight 54 will use an Ariane 42P to launch another U.S. satellite, Galaxy VII, for Hughes Communications.
 Following Flight 53, Arianespace's backlog as of Sept. 11, 1992 stands at 30 satellites to be launched, worth about 13.9 billion FF (about US$2.9 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 Inc., 202-628-3936; Claude Sanchez of Arianespace S.A., (33/1)6087 60 13/14; or Dieter Brand of Arianespace Tokyo, 813-3592-2766/ CO: Arianespace ST: District of Columbia IN: ARO SU:


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