Eutelsat Selects Thales Alenia Space To Deliver W6A Satellite to Expand Business at 21.5 Degrees East

June 9, 2010

PARIS, June 9, 2010 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Eutelsat Communications
(Euronext Paris: ETL), one of the world’s leading satellite operators,
announced today that it has selected Thales Alenia Space to build a
40-transponder Ku-band satellite enabling a 50% increase in capacity operated
at its 21.5degrees East location in geostationary orbit. Scheduled for launch
in third quarter 2012, the satellite will replace Eutelsat’s W6 craft at a
core neighbourhood anchored for data, professional video and government
services across Europe, North Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia.

Weighing in at five tonnes, the new satellite will be based on the Thales
Alenia Space Spacebus C3 platform, with a scheduled in-orbit lifetime
exceeding 15 years. It will be equipped with one broad footprint sweeping
across Europe into North Africa and Central Asia, and two dedicated
high-power beams to add increased flexibility for regional coverage of North
and the Middle East.

Commenting on the contract, Michel de Rosen, Eutelsat CEO said: “The
combination of power, coverage and flexibility we provide at 21.5degrees East
has enabled Eutelsat to steadily attract ongoing business at this location
over 10 years. We have designed our new satellite to further unlock the
potential of this sweet spot for data, professional video and government
services and are delighted to entrust its construction to Thales Alenia
Space, a longstanding industrial partner for Eutelsat.”

“We are very proud to have signed this latest contract with Eutelsat,
with whom we have worked very closely for over 20 years,” said Reynald
, President and CEO of Thales Alenia Space. “Our top priority has
always been to address the specific requirements of each of our customers so
we can deliver the most satisfactory solution in terms of technology, costs
and lead-times. With the W6A satellite, we will once again be contributing to
Eutelsat’s fleet expansion, and we are delighted to help one of our most
important customers meet its objectives.”

This new satellite is the 20th ordered by Eutelsat from Thales Alenia
Space. It forms part of Eutelsat’s capital expenditure programme of 450
million euros
on average per year for the period June 2009 to June 2012.

    Key data for W6A

    Platform:                          Thales Alenia Space Spacebus C3

    Height:                            5.1 m
    Length:                            2.0 m
    Width:                             2.2 m
    Width with solar panels deployed:  35 m
    Mass at launch:                    5 tonnes
    Power at end-of-life:              12 kW
    Operational life:                  15 years +

About Eutelsat Communications

Eutelsat Communications (Euronext Paris: ETL, ISIN code: FR0010221234) is
the holding company of Eutelsat S.A.. With capacity commercialised on 26
satellites that provide coverage over the entire European continent, as well
as the Middle East, Africa, India and significant parts of Asia and the
Americas, Eutelsat is one of the world’s three leading satellite operators in
terms of revenues. At 31 March 2010, Eutelsat’s satellites were broadcasting
more than 3,500 television channels. More than 1,100 channels broadcast via
its HOT BIRD(TM) video neighbourhood at 13 degrees East which serves over 120
million cable and satellite homes in Europe, the Middle East and North
. The Group’s satellites also serve a wide range of fixed and mobile
telecommunications services, TV contribution markets, corporate networks, and
broadband markets for Internet Service Providers and for transport, maritime
and in-flight markets. Eutelsat’s broadband subsidiary, Skylogic, markets and
operates access to high speed internet services through teleports in France
and Italy that serve enterprises, local communities, government agencies and
aid organisations in Europe, Africa, Asia and the Americas. Headquartered in
Paris, Eutelsat and its subsidiaries employ nearly 650 commercial, technical
and operational employees from 28 countries.


About Thales Alenia Space

European leader in satellite systems and a major player in orbital
infrastructures, Thales Alenia Space is a joint venture between Thales (67%)
and Finmeccanica (33%). Thales Alenia Space and Telespazio embody the two
groups’ “Space Alliance”. Thales Alenia Space sets the global standard in
solutions for space telecoms, radar and optical Earth observation, defense
and security, navigation and science. The company, which achieved revenues of
Euro 2 billion in 2009, has a total of 7,200 employees located in 11
industrial sites in France, Italy, Spain and Belgium.


SOURCE Eutelsat Communications

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