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Astrium Wins Hispasat Contract to Build Amazonas-2 Satellite

MADRID --- Astrium has been awarded a contract by Hispasat to design and build Amazonas-2, a powerful satellite which will increase the capacity offered by Hispasat on their American position to meet growing market demand. Equipped with a payload of 64 transponders (54 active transponders in Ku-band and 10 in C-band), Amazonas-2 will provide a full range of telecommunications services to Brazil, and North and South America from the 61°W orbital position in geostationary orbit.

Amazonas-2 will be built on a Eurostar E3000 platform, the latest version of the highly successful Eurostar series. Amazonas-2 is the 46th Eurostar satellite ordered and the 18th in the Eurostar E3000 series.

Amazonas-2 will be delivered in orbit in 2009. The spacecraft will have a launch mass of 5,400kg, a payload power of 12kW and a design lifetime of 15 years.

Antoine Bouvier, CEO of Astrium Satellites, said: “We are extremely pleased that Hispasat, a long standing customer of Astrium, has reaffirmed its confidence in the Eurostar E3000 series to support their strategic expansion in the American markets.”

Astrium, a wholly owned subsidiary of EADS, is dedicated to providing civil and defence space systems and services. In 2006, Astrium had a turnover of EUR 3.2 billion and 12,000 employees in France, Germany, the United Kingdom, Spain and the Netherlands. Its three main areas of activity are: the business units Astrium Space Transportation for launchers and orbital infrastructure, and Astrium Satellites for spacecraft and ground segment, and its wholly owned subsidiary Astrium Services for the development and delivery of satellite services.

EADS is a global leader in aerospace, defence and related services. In 2006, EADS generated revenues of EUR 39.4 billion and employed a workforce of more than 116, 000.


Astrium Wins Hispasat Contract to Build Amazonas-2 Satellite