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ARIANESPACE BOOSTS MARKET POSITION IN ASIA: EUROPEAN LAUNCHER CHOSEN FOR THAILAND'S FIRST TELECOMMUNICATIONS SATELLITE

ARIANESPACE BOOSTS MARKET POSITION IN ASIA: EUROPEAN LAUNCHER CHOSEN
 FOR THAILAND'S FIRST TELECOMMUNICATIONS SATELLITE


Thailandsat 1 scheduled for early 1994 launch by an Ariane 4 from the
 Kourou Space Center in French Guiana
 WASHINGTON, Dec. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- The launch contract for Thailand's first telecommunications satellite, Thailandsat 1, was signed today by Potjaman Shinawatra, vice president-operations of Shinawatra Computer and Communications, and Charles Bigot, chairman and chief executive officer of Arianespace.
 Thailandsat 1 is the first satellite falling within the new SDS (Spelda Dedicated Satellite) class defined by Arianespace to meet the specific needs of space telecommunications and allow all countries to enjoy the benefits of advanced communications services. This class of satellite, averaging about 1 metric ton at liftoff, is designed for the Spelda (External Dual Launch Ariane Structure), which is placed under Ariane's fairing. A dual payload launch, made possible by the European launcher's high performance allows Arianespace to offer favorable pricing to its customers.
 Thailandsat 1 will be built by the Hughes Aircraft Company of Los Angeles, based on the company's HS3765 platform, for Shinawatra Computer and Communications company of Bangkok. Equipped with 10 Ku-band transponders, it will provide telephone, telex, data and TV transmission services for all of Thailand.
 Following the signing ceremony, Bigot said: "The selection of Arianespace by Shinawatra, a privately owned Thai company, shows the confidence of Asia-Pacific operators in the European launcher. Arianespace was able to meet Asia's burgeoning need for telecommunications by developing a launch capability which satisfies the domestic requirements of countries such as Thailand. The systematic use of dual launches makes launch services for users of this type of satellite very competitive indeed."
 Thailandsat 1 marks the tenth launch contract signed by Arianespace since the beginning of 1991. As of Dec. 6, 1991, Arianespace has a backlog of 35 satellites to be launched, worth approximately FF 15 billion (US$2.7 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, 813-592-2766/ CO: Arianespace Inc. ST: IN: ARO SU:


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