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ARIANESPACE LAUNCHES SECOND SUPERBIRD FOR JAPAN

 WASHINGTON, Dec. 1 ~PRNewswire~ -- Having launched the SUPERBIRD B satellite last Feb. 26, Arianespace successfully completed the year by launching SUPERBIRD A for Japan's Space Communications Corporation (Mitsubishi group).
 The Japanese telecommunications satellite was launched from the Space Center in Kourou, French Guiana, on Dec. 1, at
 7:48 p.m. Kourou, French Guiana
 5:48 p.m. (EST) Washington, D.C.
 7:48 a.m. Tokyo time on Dec. 2
 11:48 p.m. Paris time
 The launch vehicle was an ARIANE 42P, fitted with two solid strap-on boosters. Total payload at liftoff was 2,826 kg (6,217 lb).
 Provisional parameters at third stage injection into geostationary orbit were:
 Perigee: 199.2 km (plus~minus 1 km) for a target of 200 km
 Apogee: 35,990 km (plus~minus 100 km) for a target of 35,960 km
 Inclination: 6.99 (plus~minus 0.05) degrees for a target of
 7.00 degrees
 SUPERBIRD A is the fourth satellite launched by Arianespace for Space Communications Corporation since June 1989. Built by Space Systems~Loral (Palo Alto, Calif.), the spacecraft had a weight at liftoff of 2,780 kg. The payload consists of 23 Ku-band transponders and three Ka-band transponders. The satellite will integrate the space telecommunications system begun by Space Communications Corporation with SUPERBIRD B. Once in its orbital position above the Pacific Ocean, SUPERBIRD A will provide coverage of the Japanese archipelago.
 "Arianespace has completed 1992 as we began it, by orbiting a SUPERBIRD satellite for Space Communications Corporation, a Mitsubishi group company. We are extremely pleased and proud to have earned the full confidence of this major Japanese group, which has contracted for all its satellite launches with Arianespace," said Charles Bigot, Arianespace chairman and CEO.
 The next launch is scheduled for the end of January 1993. Flight 56, an ARIANE 42P launcher, will place a Hughes Communications Inc. GALAXY IV telecommunications satellite into a special transfer orbit using the Perigee Velocity Augmentation (PVA) procedure.
 As of Dec. 1, 1992, following Flight 55, Arianespace's backlog stands at 30 satellites to be launched, worth 14.3 billion francs (about $2.5 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~


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