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12:00 AM, January 5, 2009
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On the occasion of the visit of the French Prime Minister in Egypt, it was announced that Arianespace has been chosen to launch the Nilesat 201 satellite, as part of a turnkey contract that Thales Alenia Space signed with Egyptian operator Nilesat.>> Nilesat 201 will be placed into geostationary transfer orbit by an Ariane 5 or Soyuz rocket launched from the Guiana Space Center, Europes Spaceport in French Guiana, during the first quarter of 2010.>> Nilesat 201 is the third satellite launched by Arianespace for the Egyptian operator, following Nilesat 101 and 102, launched successfully in 1998 and 2000, respectively.>> Built by Thales Alenia Space, Nilesat 201 will weigh nearly 3,000 kg at launch. It will be fitted with 24 Ku-band transponders and 3 Ka-band transponders to provide direct TV broadcast services throughout the Middle East. It will be positioned at 7 degrees West, and offer a design life exceeding 15 years.>> We are very honored and very proud to work with the major Egyptian operator Nilesat for the third time and to participate in the development of direct TV broadcasting in the Middle East, said Arianespace Chairman and CEO Jean-Yves Le Gall. Our selection is clear recognition of the quality and excellence of Arianespaces launch Service & Solutions.>>> Arianespace is the worlds leading launch Service & Solutions company, delivering innovative services and solutions to its customers since 1980. Backed by 23 shareholders, and by the European Space Agency, Arianespace offers an unrivalled launcher family, comprising Ariane 5, Soyuz and Vega, and an international workforce renowned for their culture of excellence. As of December 23, 2008, Arianespace has launched 265 payloads, representing more than 50% of the commercial satellites now in service worldwide. Its order backlog counts nearly 25 Ariane 5 missions and nearly 10 Soyuz flights, which represents more than three years of launch activity.
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