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ARIANESPACE SIGNS FIFTH CONTRACT WITH SES

 ARIANESPACE SIGNS FIFTH CONTRACT WITH SES
 WASHINGTON, Nov. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Arianespace announced today


the signing by Dr. Pierre Meyrat, director general of Societe Europeenne des Satellites (SES), and Charles Bigot, chairman and CEO of Arianespace, of the launch contract for the Astra 1E television broadcast satellite.
 Arianespace launched Astra 1A in December 1988 and Astra 1B in March 1991 and is scheduled to launch Astra 1C and 1D in mid-1993 and Mid-1994, respectively. The fifth satellite in the SES system will be placed into geostationary orbit by an Ariane 4 launch vehicle from the Guiana Space Center in Kourou, French Guiana.
 Built by Hughes Aircraft Company of El Segundo, Calif., the satellite uses a 3-axis stabilized HS 601 platform, with a weight at lift-off 3,010 kg (6,622 lb). It has a design life of 15 years and is equipped with 16 active 85-watt transponders and eight spare channels. Astra 1E will strengthen SES's TV broadcast coverage of northern, eastern and southern Europe.
 During the signing ceremony, Bigot commented: "It is with great pleasure that I note SES's unbroken faith in Arianespace, and the preference it has always shown for the European launch vehicle. The five contracts it has signed with Arianespace show that SES has integrated the full range of economic aspects, including launcher reliability, launch regularity, quality and flexibility, in seeking the most cost-effective choice of launch vehicle. I am very grateful to the directors of SES for having shown their continuing confidence in Arianespace's capabilities."
 With the ASTRA 1E contract, the seventh since the beginning of the year, Arianespace now has a backlog of 30 satellite launches, worth approximately 13.9 billion francs, or US $2.31 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/ CO: Arianespace; Societe Europeenne des Satellites ST: District of Columbia IN: ARO SU: CON


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