Press Release

Thales Alenia Space wins contract to built payload for Kazakhstan’s KazSat3 satellite

By SpaceRef Editor
June 21, 2011
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Le Bourget, June 21, 2011 – Thales Alenia Space announces contract with JSC “ISS – Reshetnev Company” to supply the KazSat3 communications satellite payload.

Thales Alenia Space will be the communications payload supplier. The satellite will be based on an Express 1000 platform provided by JSC “ISS – Reshetnev Company” and the satellite will be integrated and tested in ISS’ premises, Zheleznogorsk, Russia.

KazSat3 will operate at 58,5*E for a 15 years lifetime. The payload power is about 5.5 kW. KazSat3 will carry 28 active Ku-band transponders covering Kazakhstan.

“Cooperation with ISS on the international market is strategically important for Thales Alenia Space. For KazSat3 satellite, Thales Alenia Space has proposed to its customer and to the Kazakh Authorities to pursue the satellite telecommunications services development in Kazakhstan declared Reynald Seznec, President and CEO of Thales Alenia Space.

Thales Alenia Space has a history of successful cooperation of more than 15 years with ISS since the SESAT program. ISS is a very important customer to Thales Alenia Space for a great number of its satellites.

The partnership with the Russian industry began in the early 2000’s when Thales Alenia Space and ISS started joint marketing of satellites based on ISS’ Express-1000 platform. The combination of ISS and Thales Alenia Space products and skills to serve Kazakhstan major customer is the natural partnership after other important projects on the international market, namely Amos 5, Telkom 3 and Yamal 401. With this contract announced today, the strategic cooperation between Thales Alenia Space and ISS for the international market is further reinforced and once again proven to be a successful one.

About Thales Alenia Space

The European leader in satellite systems and a major player in orbital infrastructures, Thales Alenia Space is a joint venture between Thales (67%) and Finmeccanica (33%). Thales Alenia Space and Telespazio embody the two groups’ “Space Alliance”. Thales Alenia Space sets the global standard in solutions for space telecommunications, radar and optical Earth observation, defense and security, navigation and science. With consolidated revenues of 2 billion euros in 2010, Thales Alenia Space has 7,200 employees at 10 industrial sites in France, Italy, Spain, Germany and Belgium.

Thales Alenia Space Press Contact
Sandrine Bielecki – Tel: +33 (0)4 92 92 70 94

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