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Arianespace to launch Spanish satellite
Posted: Thu, Dec 13, 2007, 1:40 PM ET (1840 GMT)
Ariane 5 prior to Flight 165 launch (Arianespace) Arianespace announced Thursday that it has won a contract to launch a Spanish communications satellite. Arianespace will launch the Amazonas-2 spacecraft for Spanish satellite operator Hispasat in mid-2009 on an Ariane 5. The satellite, an Astrium Eurostar E3000 model, weighs 5,400 kilograms and carries Ku- and C-band transponders to serve North and South America from a slot in GEO at 61 degrees west. Terms of the launch contract, the 13th awarded to Arianespace this year, were not disclosed.
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