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Arianespace to launch SPACEWAY 3

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Thu Mar 1, 2007 9:44 pm
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Arianespace Press Release:

Washington, D.C. – Arianespace announced today that it will launch the SPACEWAY 3 communications satellite for Hughes

An Ariane 5 launch vehicle will deliver SPACEWAY 3 to Geostationary Transfer Orbit from Europe’s Spaceport at the Guiana Space Center in French Guiana, in August of 2007.

Hughes Network Systems, LLC (Hughes) will operate the all Ka-band SPACEWAY 3 satellite as part of its new broadband satellite network that will provide multimedia services throughout North America. Its unique design incorporates on-board switching and spot beams, which will enable on-demand services. Built by Boeing Satellites Systems, Inc., SPACEWAY 3 will weigh approximately 6 000 kg at lift-off.

“This is a very exciting time for Hughes,” said Pradman Kaul, Chairman and CEO of Hughes. “With the launch of SPACEWAY 3, Hughes will enter a new era as a satellite system operator, augmenting our market leadership in delivering broadband satellite services worldwide. We are confident that Arianespace will provide a reliable launch service and eagerly anticipate providing new, value-added solutions to our customers in the coming months.”

Arianespace CEO Jean-Yves Le Gall said, “We are honored that Hughes has found Arianespace’s offer of launch Service & Solutions to be a convincing choice. Arianespace’s SPACEWAY 3 mission for Hughes will launch robust new broadband communications services delivered via satellite across North America.”

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