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Astrium wins SES Astra satellite contract
Posted: Fri, Jul 22, 2005, 10:25 AM ET (1425 GMT)
Eurostar 3000 illustration (Astrium) European satellite manufacturer EADS Astrium announced Thursday that it won a contract from satellite operator SES Astra to build a new communications satellite. Astrium will build the Astra 1M satellite for SES for launch in 2008; terms of the agreement, as is traditional, were not disclosed. Astra 1M will be based on Astrium's Eurostar E3000 design, weighing 5,300 kilograms and carrying 36 Ku-band transponders. SES Astra will use the satellite to provide television services to Europe, the Middle East, and Africa from the SES orbital slot at 19.2 degrees east.
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