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SPACE COMMUNICATIONS CORPORATION -- JAPAN RENEWS ITS CONFIDENCE IN ARIANESPACE

 SPACE COMMUNICATIONS CORPORATION -- JAPAN
 RENEWS ITS CONFIDENCE IN ARIANESPACE
 WASHINGTON, Nov. 29 /PRNewswire/ -- Arianespace today announced the signing of the launch contract of the SUPERBIRD A satellite with Space Communications Corporation. This spacecraft will be put into orbit at the end of 1992 using an ARIANE 4 launcher from the Kourou Space Center, French Guiana.
 Built by the Space Systems/Loral company of Palo Alto, Calif., its weight at lift-off will be approximately 2550 kg (i.e. 5622 lb). From its orbital position over the Pacific Ocean, east of Japan, it will provide over 10 years of telecommunication services: telephone, telex, data and TV program transmission. SUPERBIRD A will be equipped with 23 Ku-band and 3 Ka-band channels and will cover the Japanese islands including Okinawa.
 After the signing of the ninth contract of the year, Arianespace's backlog now stands at 34 satellites to be launched, worth 14.9 billion French francs (US$2.6 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, or Claude Sanchez of Arianespace S.A., (33/1)6087 60 13/14, or Dieter Brand of Arianespace Tokyo, 813-592-2766/ CO: Arianespace Inc.; Space Communications Corporation ST: District of Columbia IN: ARO SU: CON


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