CONTRACT SIGNED FOR W3B’S LAUNCH BY ARIANE 5

Eutelsat’s W3B telecommunications satellite is now on the fast track for launch in late 2010, reinforcing Arianespace’s ability to accommodate customer mission timing needs. This spacecraft will provide Eutelsat with significant new capacity for broadcasting, telecommunications and broadband services.

INITIAL CHECKOUT BEGINS FOR ASTRA 3B

Payload preparations are underway for Ariane 5’s year-opening flight, with the first-arrived payload now undergoing initial checkout at Europe’s Spaceport. This upcoming flight will orbit ASTRA 3B along with another satellite produced by EADS Astrium, COMSATBw-2 – initiating Arianespace’s busy schedule of seven Ariane 5 missions in 2010.

ASTRA 3B ARRIVES FOR ARIANESPACE’S MARCH 24 FLIGHT

The first of two payloads for Ariane 5’s initial mission of 2010 has landed in French Guiana, arriving yesterday aboard an Antonov An-124 cargo jetliner. SES ASTRA’s ASTRA 3B is a state-of-the-art Ku- and Ka-band spacecraft designed for the distribution of both direct-to-home (DTH) broadcast services and two-way broadband services across Europe.