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ARIANESPACE SUCCESSFULLY LAUNCHES SIX SATELLITES IN FOUR MONTHS; ARIANESPACE FLIGHT 54 ORBITS GALAXY VII FOR HUGHES COMMUNICATIONS

ARIANESPACE SUCCESSFULLY LAUNCHES SIX SATELLITES IN FOUR MONTHS;

ARIANESPACE FLIGHT 54 ORBITS GALAXY VII FOR HUGHES COMMUNICATIONS
 WASHINGTON, Oct. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Arianespace launched the GALAXY VII telecommunications satellite from the Space Center in Kourou, French Guiana, on Oct. 27 at:
 9:15 p.m. Kourou, French Guiana
 7:15 p.m. (EST) Washington
 1:15 a.m. Paris time on Oct. 28
 The launch vehicle was an ARIANE 42P, with two solid strap-on boosters. Total payload at liftoff was 3,043 kg (6,695 lb).
 Provisional parameters at third stage injection were:
 Perigee: 199.8 km(plus/minus 1 km) for a target of 200 km
 Apogee: 27674.8 km(plus/minus 100 km) for a target of 27,673 km
 Inclination: 7.00 (plus/minus 0.05) degrees for a target of 7.00
 degrees
 This flight marked the first use of the Perigee Velocity Augmentation (PVA) procedure, which will increase the satellite's orbital life by more than one year.
 Araianespace launched GALAXY VII for Hughes Communications of the United States. Satellite weight at liftoff was 2,968 kg (6,530 lb). GALAXY VII is the first satellite in this fleet with a mixed communications payload; it has 24 50-watt Ku-band transponders and 24 16-watt C-band transponders. Positioned over the Galapagos islands, GALAXY VII will provide telephone, data and TV program transmissions covering all the United States.
 GALAXY VII is the first of the HS 601 body-stabilized models developed by Hughes Aircraft Company to be launched by Arianespace. The HS 601 is built in El Segundo, Calif., and averages 5,940 to 7,040 pounds. Over the next few years, this model will account for a large part of the world's new telecommunications satellites.
 "Four launches and six satellites placed in orbit in just four months; with Flight 54, Arianespace confirms once again its operational efficiency and ability to step up the pace when needed. Our experience enables us to rapidly satisfy the needs of our customers, in particular Hughes Communications, one of the most prestigious names on our list," commented Arianespace Chairman and CEO Charles Bigot.
 The next launch is scheduled for the end of November 1992. Flight 55 will again use an ARIANE 42P to launch into geostationary transfer orbit the telecommunications SUPERBIRD A satellite for Space Communications of Japan.
 As of Oct. 29, following Flight 54, Arianespace's backlog stands at 29 satellites to be launched, worth 13.5 billion francs (about 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 servces 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 or 14; or Dieter Brand of Arianespace Tokyo, 813-3592-2766/ CO: Araianespace ST: District of Columbia IN: ARO SU:


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