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ARIANESPACE FLIGHT 51 MARKS OPENING OF NEW MARKETS

 ARIANESPACE FLIGHT 51 MARKS OPENING OF NEW MARKETS
 WASHINGTON, July 9 /PRNewswire/ -- Arianespace launched two


satellites, INSAT-2A, the first Indian-built multi-mission operational satellite, and EUTELSAT II-F4, the first satellite in this series modified to provide service for the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), from the Space Center in Kourou, French Guiana, today at:
 -- 7:42 p.m. Kourou, French Guiana
 -- 10:42 p.m. GMT
 -- 6:42 p.m. (EDT) Washington
 -- 12:42 a.m. Paris, July 10
 The launch vehicle was an ARIANE 44L, the most powerful configuration of the European launch vehicle with four liquid strap- on boosters. Total performance of the launcher was 4,296 kg (9,451 lb).
 INSAT-2A and EUTELSAT II-F4 were placed into a geostationary transfer orbit (GTO). Provisional parameters at third stage injection were:
 Perigee: 198 km (plus or minus 1 km) for a target of 199.8 km
 Apogee: 35812 km (plus or minus 100 km) for a target of 35,912 km
 Inclination: 7.00 (plus or minus 0.05) degrees for a target of 7.00 degrees.
 INSAT-2A is the first second-generation satellite in India's INSAT program. Designed with multi-mission capability, including telecommunications, meteorological observations and data relay, nationwide TV broadcasting, radio and TV program distribution and search and rescue (SAR) alert, it was developed by the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) for the government of India. It will be operated in geostationary orbit at 74 degrees east and controlled from the INSAT Master Control Facility at Hassan located in Southern India. INSAT-2A weighed 1,906 kg (4,193 lb) at liftoff and has a design life of nine years. It is equipped with 18 C-band transponders, two S-band transponders and a very high-resolution radiometer, a data relay transponder and a 406 megahertz search and rescue payload.
 EUTELSAT II-F4, the fourth model in the European Telecommunications Satellite Organization's second generation of spacecraft, was built by prime contractor Aerospatiale in Cannes, France. Weighing 1,877 kg (4,129 lb) at liftoff, it features seven wideband and nine narrowband Ku-band transponders. Positioned over the Gulf of Guinea, it will provide telecommunications, data and television transmission services for all European countries. In particular, EUTELSAT II-F4 will serve Eastern Europe countries that recently joined EUTELSAT (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Hungary, Lithuania, Poland, Romania and Czechoslovakia), as well as member states of the CIS.
 "Through this launch, Arianespace has fulfilled its commitments to EUTELSAT, which from today is serving the new Europe currently taking shape in the East, and we have helped India strengthen her role in developing space activities in Asia. Europe's launch vehicle, which has already earned a dominant position in the space transportation business, must maintain its presence in these two key markets," said Arianespace Chairman and CEO Charles Bigot.
 The next Arianespace launch is now scheduled for early August 1992. Flight 52 will launch the Topex-Poseidon satellite, jointly developed by French space agency CNES, and NASA and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) of the United States. An Ariane 40 launcher will be used to place Topex-Poseidon into a very special orbit at an altitude of 1,366 km (about 850 miles), inclined at 66 degrees.
 Following Flight 51, Arianespace's backlog as of July 9, 1992, stands at 31 satellite launch contracts, worth 14.8 billion francs (about $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; Dieter Brand of Arianespace Tokyo, 813-3592-2766/ CO: Arianespace, Inc. ST: District of Columbia IN: ARO SU:


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