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Alcatel Built W5 Probe Ready For Launch (Nov. 18)

PARIS - The W5 satellite built by prime contractor Alcatel Space for European operator Eutelsat, will be launched tomorrow from Cape Canaveral in Florida on a Boeing Delta IV. This will be the 15th satellite delivered by Alcatel Space to Eutelsat.

Positioned at 70.5 degrees East, it will offer a complete range of services, including video distribution and contribution links, occasional use video, especially for satellite newsgathering (SNG), and Internet backbone connections.

Built on the Spacebus 3000 platform, it is equipped with 24 Ku-band transponders, configured with one fixed widebeam covering Western Europe, central Asia and the Indian subcontinent, and two steerable spotbeams. The spotbeams can be steered according to commercial requirements to cover all accessible zones, especially Southeast Asia.

Weighing over 3,000 kg at liftoff, the satellite develops 6 kW of power and has a design life exceeding 12 years.

Since the beginning of the year, 5 satellites and 7 payloads built by Alcatel Space have been launched**. Two more geostationary satellites are slated for launch by the end of the year.

Alcatel Space is n°3 in the world and Europe's leading satellite manufacturer. Leveraging its dual expertise in civil and military applications, Alcatel Space develops satellite technology solutions for telecommunications, navigation, optical and radar observation, meteorology, and scientific applications. The company is also Europe's number one prime contractor for Earth observation, meteorology and navigation ground segments, as well as space systems operations. A fully-owned subsidiary of Alcatel (100%), Alcatel Space generated 2001 revenues of 1.4 billion Euros.

Alcatel designs, develops and builds innovative and competitive communications networks, enabling carriers, service providers and enterprises to deliver any type of content, such as voice, data and multimedia, to any type of consumer, anywhere in the world. Relying on its leading and comprehensive products and solutions portfolio, stretching from end-to-end optical infrastructures, fixed and mobile networks to broadband access, Alcatel's customers can focus on optimizing their service offerings and revenue streams. With sales of Euro 25 billion in 2001, Alcatel operates in more than 130 countries.

++ Six satellites in the Eutelsat II series: F1, F2, F3, F4, F5 (launch failure), F6 (renamed Hot Bird 1); Sesat, with NPO-PM; five satellites in the Eutelsat W series: W2, W3, W4, Eurobird, W5; Atlantic Bird 2, Atlantic Bird 3, Hot Bird 6.
++ The Stellat 5, Hot Bird 6, MSG1, Hispasat 1D and Eutelsat W5 satellites, and payloads for Intelsat 903, 904, 905 and 906, Envisat, Spot 5 and Express 1A R.

W5, The 15th Alcatel Space-Built Satellite For Eutelsat, Ready For Launch