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ARIANESPACE SCORES PERFECT EIGHT FOR EIGHT IN 1991

 ARIANESPACE SCORES PERFECT EIGHT FOR EIGHT IN 1991
 WASHINGTON, Dec. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Arianespace successfully


placed into orbit the 10th and 11th satellites of this year, with the launch of TELECOM 2A for France Telecom and INMARSAT 2 F3 for the Inmarsat International Maritime Satellite organization.
 The satellites were launched from the Guiana Space Center in Kourou, French Guiana at:
 -- 8:19 p.m.,
 -- 11:19 p.m., GMT
 -- 6:19 p.m., EST, Washington
 -- 12:19 a.m., Paris, Dec. 17
 An Ariane 44L, the most powerful version with four liquid- propellant strap-on boosters, orbited a total payload of 4,090 kg (9,017 lb) on this mission.
 TELECOM 2A and INMARSAT 2 F3 were placed into geostationary transfer orbit (GTO). Provisional parameters at third stage injection are:
 -- Perigee: (299.6 plus/minus 1 km) for a target of 299.7 km
 -- Apogee: (35,980 plus/minus 100 km) for a target of 35,987 km
 -- Inclination: (3.98 plus minus 0.05) degrees for a target
 of 4.00 degrees
 TELECOM 2A is the first of the second-generation series of satellites built by Matra Marconi Space and Alcatel Espace for France Telecom and the French Defense Ministry. Weighing 2,275 kg (5,005 lb) at liftoff, it is equipped with 10 C-band transponders, five X-band transponders and 11 Ku-band transponders. Positioned at 3 degrees east, over Africa, it will start service with the 1992 Winter Olympic Games in Albertville, France, providing multiple services including telephony, TV and data transmission and governmental communications.
 INMARSAT 2 F3, with a liftoff weight of 1,310 kg (2,882 lb), is the 10th satellite orbited by Inmarsat. British Aerospace is prime contractor for this satellite, which will provide global maritime and mobile services from its position at 179 degrees east, over the Pacific Ocean.
 "Arianespace is extremely pleased this evening to have fulfilled its commitment to two major customers before the end of the year, with the launch of TELECOM 2A for France and INMARSAT 2 F3 for the International Maritime and Mobile Communications Organization. With eight successful launches and 11 satellites into orbit, 1991 has been an outstanding year for the European space transportation industry. I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate everyone in the European aerospace industry and in French Guiana for their excellent work, which has led to this magnificent achievement," said Charles Bigot, chairman and CEO of Arianespace.
 The next launch, Flight 49, is scheduled for mid-February 1992. An ARIANE 44L will place into orbit SUPERBIRD B for Space Communications Corporation of Japan, and ARABSAT 1C for the Arab League's satellite communications organization.
 As of Dec. 16, 1991, following Flight 48, Arianespace's backlog stands at 33 satellites to be launched, worth approximately 14.1 billion francs (US $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; or 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: District of Columbia IN: ARO SU: MH -- DC029 -- 2768 12/16/91 19:40 EST
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