Thales Alenia Space statement concerning In Orbit Acceptance Review of the Palapa-D satellite

Cannes, November 16, 2009 – Thales Alenia Space announced that the Palapa-D communications satellite has successfully passed the In Orbit Acceptance Review.

Palapa-D is now positioned at its final location (113 °E) and fully ready for operation.

The satellite’s service life is now expected at more than 10.5 years.

About Thales Alenia Space
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 telecoms, radar and optical Earth observation, defense and security, navigation and science. The company has a total of 7,200 employees and 11 industrial sites, with design and manufacturing facilities in France, Italy, Spain and Belgium.

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