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Astrium Wins Hispasat Contract To Build Amazonas-2 Satellite

Amazonas-2 will be delivered in orbit in 2009.
by Staff Writers
Madrid, Spain (SPX) Jun 08, 2007
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 61W 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."

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Taiwan's Top Satellite Official Arrested On Graft Charges
Taipei (AFP) May 31, 2007
The top government official in charge of satellite research and development in Taiwan was arrested Thursday on corruption charges, a prosecutor said. Lance Wu, the head of the National Space Program Office, was taken into custody after being questioned overnight, Lin Lih-yng, a prosecutor at the Hsinch District Court, told AFP.

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