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TENTH EUTELSAT LAUNCH CONTRACT FOR ARIANESPACE

Following Five EUTELSAT I and Four EUTELSAT II Satellite Launch
 Contracts, the EUTELSAT European Telecommunication Organization
 Has Once Again Selected the ARIANE Launcher
 WASHINGTON, March 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Arianespace today announced the signature of the launch contract for the second generation EUTELSAT II F5 satellite, by Jean Grenier, director general of Eutelsat, and Charles Bigot, chairman and CEO of Arianespace.
 The first five EUTELSAT I satellites were launched by ARIANE between 1983-88 for the European Space Agency, which were later transferred to the Eutelsat Organization. The fifth EUTELSAT II (F5) will be placed into geostationary transfer orbit by an ARIANE 4 from the Kourou Space Center in French Guiana at the end of 1993 or early 1994.
 EUTELSAT II F5 is the fifth in the EUTELSAT II series. Built by Aerospatiale and based on a Spacebus 100 type platform, the satellite will have a lift-off mass of 1870 kg (4120 lbs) for a 10-year lifespan in orbit. The satellite has 16 50W transponders operating in the Ku-band and will cover continental Europe, including Russia and the Mediterranean basin. Positioned at 36 degrees East, EUTELSAT II F5 will provide telecommunications and TV broadcasting services.
 Bigot, chairman and CEO of Arianespace, stressed the importance of the new contract: "As a world leader in space transportation, Arianespace guarantees free access to space for Europe under optimum conditions. This is why Arianespace is proud to serve the European telecommunications operators. We are pleased to have won again the confidence of the major European Organization -- Eutelsat -- for the launch of its 10th satellite on ARIANE. The continuity and coherence of European policy with respect to space applications, has once again been confirmed in exemplary fashion."
 As of March 23 and with this sixth contract of the year, the Arianespace backlog now stands at 37 satellites to be launched, worth approximately FF 16.7 billion (about US$3 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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