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Arianespace To Launch Australian Satellite Optus D3

Optus D Class satellites.
by Staff Writers
Evry, France (SPX) Apr 09, 2007
Australian telecom operator Optus has chosen Arianespace to orbit its D3 satellite. Optus D3 will be orbited by an Ariane launcher or a Soyuz launcher in 2009 from Europe's Spaceport in French Guiana.

This contract reflects Arianespace's successful strategy of offering launch Service and Solutions tailored to operators' needs.

Optus D3 will be the fifth satellite launched by Arianespace for the Australian operator. Optus D1 was launched by Arianespace in October 2006, following Optus and Defence C1 in 2003 and Aussat A3 in 1987. Optus D2 is scheduled for launch by Arianespace later this year. Optus' parent company SingTel also chose Arianespace to launch its ST-1 satellite in 1998.

American satellite manufacturer Orbital Sciences Corporation will construct the Optus D3 spacecraft in Dulles, Virginia, using the Star-2 platform. The satellite will weigh about 2,500 kg at launch, and will be positioned at 156 degrees East. Offering a design life of 15 years, the satellite will provide direct TV broadcast, Internet, telephony and data transmission services for Australia and New Zealand.

Optus D3 is the 285th contract signed by Arianespace since its founding in March 1980. Arianespace currently has a backlog of 41 satellites to be launched.

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Arianespace To Launch Two Intelsat Payloads
Evry, France (SPX) Apr 05, 2007
Arianespace has announced that it will launch the Horizons-2 spacecraft for Horizons Satellite (a joint venture between Intelsat and JSAT), and Intelsat-11 for Intelsat.

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