Arianespace wins Australian satellite deals

12th May 2004, Comments 0 comments

BERLIN, May 12 (AFP) - Arianespace, Europe's commercial satellite launch company, announced here Wednesday it had won two new contracts to launch Australian satellites.

BERLIN, May 12 (AFP) - Arianespace, Europe's commercial satellite launch company, announced here Wednesday it had won two new contracts to launch Australian satellites.

The company said in a communique released at the Berlin air show that the first satellite, Optus D1, would be put into orbit by an Ariane rocket in late 2005.

The second satellite, Optus D2, is to be launched in 2007 by a Russian
Soyuz rocket from the Kourou space centre in French Guiana, the company added.

It gave no details on the value of the contract.

Optus D1 and Optus D2 will be the third and fourth satellites to be
launched by Arianespace for the Australian operator.

©AFP

Subject: French news

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