TS News - Arianespace Signs Landmark Asian Contract

TELE-satellit News, 31 July 1996

Arianespace Signs Landmark Asian Contract
  WASHINGTON, DC, USA, 96/07/31 (TS) -- Arianespace, the commercial launch
arm of Ariane, has announced it has signed its first deals with Singapore
and Taiwan. The company signed deals with Matra Marconi Space, Singapore
Telecom and Chunghwa Telecom of Taiwan to launch the two countries' first
telecommunications satellite.

  Matra Marconi Space won the prime contracting job for ST-1 in April 1996.
The Eurostar class satellite and its payload will be manufactured by the
European firm. Weighing over 3,000 kg (6,600 lb.), the satellite will have a
total power of greater than 6.5 kW and a design life in orbit of over 12
years. ST-1 is equipped with 16 high-power Ku-band and 14 C-band
transponders.  Its coverage zone extends from the Middle East to the Far East.

  The ST-1 satellite will be launched in early 1998 from the European
Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana. Arianespace has now 43 satellites on
order to be launched.

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