TS News - Four More For Ariane

TELE-satellit News, 16 June 1997

Four More For Ariane
  SINGAPORE, 97/06/16 (TS) -- Arianespace announced four new launches for
communications satellites. The company said it will launch the Sirius 3
direct broadcast TV satellite for Nordiska Satellitaktiebolaget (NSAB) of
Sweden during the third quarter of 1998. Sirius 3 is being built by Hughes
Space & Communications in El Segundo, California.  Based on the HS 376 HP
platform, it will carry 14 Ku-band transponders.  Sirius 3 will provide
direct-to-home digital TV broadcasts to all Scandinavian countries.

  Telstar 6 will be the first satellite to be launched under the
multiple-launch contract signed between Space Systems/Loral and
Arianespace. It will be put into orbit in the fourth quarter of 1998. The
European consortium also announced that a second Space Systems/Loral
satellite, still to be named, will be launched by Arianespace by mid-1999.
The Telstar 6 satellite, which is being built by Space Systems/Loral using
the FS 1300 platform with a total of 52 C- and Ku-band transponders, is
part of a turn-key contract with Loral Skynet(TM). 

  Arianespace has also signed two more communications satellite launch
contracts with a commercial customer who prefers to remain undisclosed for
the moment.
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