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Paris, 7 february 2005

PR 008/2005

CNES PRESS RELEASE

CNES TEAMS POSITION FIRST SATELLITE OF THE YEAR

CNES's Toulouse Space Center is positioning the AMC-12* telecommunications satellite for prime contractor Alcatel Space and its customer, U.S. operator SES AMERICOM.

CNES is conducting operations to position the AMC-12 telecommunications satellite at one of its control centres in Toulouse. Launched atop an ILS Proton on 3 February 2005, AMC-12 is now being manoeuvred from its initial transfer orbit and undergoing a series of tests en route to its final orbital slot.

Immediately after its separation from the launch vehicle, the satellite was acquired by CNES teams in Toulouse who then took over operations via an extended / an international network of Intelsat ground stations in Perth (Australia), Pretoria (South Africa), Fucino (Italy), Clarksburg (Unitesd States) and Paumalu (Hawaii).

The teams in Toulouse are coordinating all these stations, performing operational processing tasks (calculation of orbital parameters, manœuvres, etc.) and planning and conducting all satellite operations with support from Alcatel's experts. CNES is directing positioning of six satellites in December 2004 for Ariane 5 flight 165

(Helios 2A, Parasol and four Essaim microsatellites), this is the first satellite positioning mission for CNES this year.

*AMC-12 is the first Alcatel satellite built around the new-generation Spacebus 4000 bus.

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