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ARIANESPACE TO LAUNCH TWO SATELLITES FOR JAPANESE TELECOMS GIANT NTT

 ARIANESPACE TO LAUNCH TWO SATELLITES
 FOR JAPANESE TELECOMS GIANT NTT
 Arianespace Announces the Signing With Space Systems/LORAL
 of a Contract for the Launch of Two N-STAR Satellites
 WASHINGTON, April 10 /PRNewswire/ -- The N-STAR a and N-STAR b satellites will be launched in 1995 by an Ariane 4 from the Kourou Space Center in French Guiana. The two satellites will be operated by Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation (NTT), Japan's leading telecommunications operator.
 The N-STAR spacecraft, built by Space Systems/LORAL of Palo Alto, Calif., is a three-axis, body-stabilized FS-1300 series design which will weigh approximately 3,600 kg (7,920 pounds) at launch. Each satellite has five communications systems operating on four different frequency bands: S, C, Ku and Ka band. The N-STAR satellites will provide fixed and mobile telecommunications services for a design life of over 10 years over the Pacific Ocean. N-STAR will provide telecommunications coverage for the Japanese Islands and its territorial waters.
 Commenting on this latest contract, Arianespace Chairman and CEO Charles Bigot said: "We are extremely pleased at having been selected by Space Systems/LORAL, one of the world's leading satellite manufacturers, on behalf of Japan's largest telecommunications company, NTT. This choice is a great honor for our company and further confirms our customer's confidence in the reliability and regularity of Arianespace's launch services. In Japan, in particular, all telecommunications companies have selected Europe's Ariane launcher for their satellites, and we are very proud to make such a significant contribution to the development of space-based communications in Japan."
 The Arianespace backlog now stands at 33 satellites to be launched, worth about 14.5 billion FF, i.e. about U.S. $2.76 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 ST: District of Columbia IN: ARO SU:


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