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FLIGHT 58 -- SECOND SUCCESSFUL LAUNCH FOR ARIANESPACE WITHIN A MONTH

 WASHINGTON, July 22 /PRNewswire/ -- Arianespace successfully placed into orbit HISPASAT 1B, Spain's second telecommunications satellite, and INSAT 2B, the third Indian multimission satellite carried into orbit by the European launch vehicle.
 The launch from the Space Center in Kourou, French Guiana, came just 28 days after Flight 57. Europe's ARIANE 44L launcher, equipped with four liquid strap-on boosters, lifted off July 22 at:
 -- 7:58 p.m. Kourou
 -- 6:58 p.m. (EDT) Washington
 -- 10:58 p.m. GMT
 -- 12:58 a.m. Paris time on July 23
 -- 4:58 a.m. New Delhi time on July 23
 "With three successful launches in three months, Arianespace shows its commitment and ability to fulfill its customers' requirements. Arianespace is pleased to have contributed to the consolidation of the Hispasat system, which serves Spain and South America. We are also extremely gratified by the loyalty of our Indian customer ISRO, for which we have launched a third satellite. Tonight's successful launch confirms ISRO's confidence in Arianespace," said Charles Bigot, chairman and CEO of Arianespace.
 Provisional parameters at third stage injection into geostationary orbit were:
 Perigee: km (plus/minus 200.3 km) for a target of 199.7 km
 Apogee: km (plus/minus 359.57 km) for a target of 35,911 km
 Inclination: degrees (plus/minus 6.96 degrees) for a target of 6.99 degrees.
 HISPASAT 1B is the second first-generation Hispasat satellite. Prime contractor for the spacecraft was Matra Marconi Space (Toulouse, France). With a mass at liftoff of 2,210 kg, it will provide telecommunications services (voice telephony and data communications) for Spain, the Canary Islands and Latin America.
 INSAT 2B is the second satellite in the second-generation of the Indian government's INSAT program. The spacecraft was built in Bangalore for the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) and will serve India's multipurpose domestic needs. The satellite, with a mass at liftoff of 1,931 kg, will provide telecommunications, meteorological, search and rescue and educational services.
 The next Arianespace launch, flight 59, will use an ARIANE 40. It will carry the SPOT 3 Earth observation satellite, the Stella scientific satellite for the French Space Agency, and five micro-satellites: Healthsat (USA/GB), Kitsat-B (Korea), Posat-1 (Portugal), Eyesat (USA) and Itamsat (Italy).
 Following Flight 58 and the two most recent contracts signed, INTELSAT VII-F9 and METEOSAT 7, Arianespace's backlog stands at 39 satellites to be launched, worth approximately 17.7 billion francs (about $3.1 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/


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