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NEW JAPANESE LAUNCH CONTRACT FOR ARIANESPACE; ARIANESPACE IS SELECTED TO LAUNCH BS-3N, A DIRECT BROADCASTING SATELLITE FOR NHK, JSB (JAPAN)

 WASHINGTON, Dec. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Arianespace today announced the signing with GE Astro Space (USA) for the contract to launch the BS-3N satellite which will be operated jointly by NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation) and JSB (Japan Satellite Broadcasting Inc.). This spacecraft will be launched in early 1994 by an ARIANE 4 from the Kourou Space Center in French Guiana, South America.
 The BS-3N spacecraft, with a liftoff mass of 1200 kg (2650 lbs.), is built by GE Astro Space of Princeton, N.J. It is a three axis stabilized, three channel direct broadcast satellite and will provide direct broadcasting services to Japan.
 BS-3N is the ninth contract awarded to Arianespace for the launch of a Japanese satellite. This new contract further strengthens the position of space transportation leader held by Arianespace especially in Japan.
 "Arianespace is very pleased to have been selected by the GE Astro-Space Division, one of the world's leading satellite manufacturers. This choice confirms our customer's continued confidence in our ability to support their important Japanese program. Arianespace is pleased to be furthering our relationship with NHK and JSB and is very proud to contribute to the advancement of direct broadcast services in Japan," said Charles Bigot, Arianespace chairman and CEO.
 As of Dec. 15, with the ninth contract of the year, the Arianespace backlog now stands at 31 satellites to be launched, worth 14.5 billion Francs (about US$2.6 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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