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Alcatel To Operate EuropeStar System (Oct. 30)



PARIS---Alcatel Space has just announced the signature of a contract valued at 14 million Euros with Europe*Star Station, a subsidiary of Europe*Star Limited. The contract terms provide for in-flight satellite control and mission for the Europe*Star 1 bird, as well as for maintenance of Europe*Star equipment located in Europe.

Alcatel Space will be responsible for all of Europe*Star's operations and maintenance activities, including:

-satellite control operations,
-mission control and traffic management operations,
-maintenance of the ground segment in operational condition,
-logistics support to Europe*Star for reserving transponder capacity.

A team of approximately 50 people will work at Europe*Star's facilities (satellite, mission, and business control centers; telemetry and telecommand station), which are located at Alcatel Space in Toulouse. Operations will be carried out around the clock.

The five-year renewable contract provides for operations and maintenance activities for future Europe*Star satellites.

1.Europe*Star Limited is owned by Alcatel Spacecom, as majority shareholder, and Loral Space & Communications, with interest held by the Dr. Schulte Hillen Group of Germany.

An affiliate of Alcatel (51%) and Thomson-CSF (49%), Alcatel Space generated a 1999 turnover of 9.3 billion francs (1.4 billion Euros) and employs 5,500 people. Alcatel Space has partners around the world, subsidiaries throughout Europe, and a strong commitment to R&D. Alcatel Space plays an important role -- as prime contractor, operator, investor, or service provider - in a majority of ongoing space programs through two separate subsidiaries: Alcatel Spacecom and Alcatel Space Industries.

Alcatel Spacecom groups together the activities and interests relating to investments and operations in systems and satellites. This subsidiary is responsible for several programs and projects of this nature, including, among others, SkyBridge, Cyberstar (multimedia); Euteltracs (positioning and fleet management); Europe*Star, Eurasiasat, Rascom, Bolivarsat, AirTV (telecommunications and broadcasting).

Alcatel Space Industries ranks among the world's space systems leaders. With expertise in civil and military applications, Alcatel Space Industries develops satellite technology for telecommunications, navigation, optical and radar observation, meteorology, and sciences.

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Alcatel Space Signs Contract to Operate Europe*Star System