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GE AMERICOM SELECTS ARIANESPACE TO LAUNCH GE-1

 WASHINGTON, March 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Arianespace today announced the signing of a contract with GE American Communications (GE Americom) to launch its new satellite, GE-1. The spacecraft will be put into orbit at the beginning of 1996 using an ARIANE 4 from the Kourou Space Center, French Guiana.
 GE-1 represents GE Americom's most powerful and advanced satellite design to date. Built by GE Astro Space, the new hybrid will carry 24 C-band and 24 Ku-band transponders, and will provide full CONUS coverage. GE-1 will serve broadcast, cable, education, government and private business.
 "Arianespace greatly appreciates the confidence that GE Americom has once again placed in our services. By selecting Ariane for this important launch, GE Americom confirms Arianespace's ability to satisfy its customers' requirements. Arianespace is pleased to further the strong relationship established with GE Americom since 1986," said Charles Bigot, chairman and CEO of Arianespace.
 As of March 1, the Arianespace backlog stands at 34 satellites to be launched, worth 15.4 billion French francs (about US$2.8 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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