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Arianespace to launch THOR 7 satellite for Telenor
Evry, July 5, 2011
Communications satellite operator Telenor Satellite Broadcasting (TSBc) has chosen Arianespace to launch its new satellite, THOR 7.
The THOR 7 satellite will be placed into geostationary transfer orbit by an Ariane 5 launcher. The launch is scheduled for the fourth quarter of 2013 from the Guiana Space Center, Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana.
THOR 7 will be built by U.S. firm Space Systems/LORAL based on its SS/L 1300 platform. THOR 7 will have two payloads.
Equipped with 11 Ku-band transponders, the satellite will provide broadcast services for Central and Eastern Europe. Its Ka-band payload will provide broadband communications service for the maritime industry, as well as spot beam coverage over the North Sea, Norwegian Sea, Red Sea, Baltic Sea, the Persian Gulf and the Mediterranean. THOR 7 has an expected lifetime of 15 years.
This is the second satellite launched for Telenor by Arianespace, following the launch of THOR 6 in October 2009.
Jean-Yves Le Gall, Chairman and CEO of Arianespace, said: “We are delighted to have been selected for the launch of this new Telenor satellite. Arianespace is especially proud to be working for a European operator, and we want to thank Telenor for their confidence. This latest contract is another sign of recognition for the quality and competiveness of our launch service and solutions.”
Arianespace is the world’s leading launch service & solutions company, providing innovation to its customers since 1980. Backed by 21 shareholders and the European Space Agency, Arianespace offers an unrivalled family of launchers, comprising Ariane 5, Soyuz and Vega, and an international workforce renowned for a culture of commitment and excellence. As of 30 June 2011, Arianespace had launched with Ariane launchers a total of 294 payloads, including more than half of all the commercial satellites now in service worldwide. It has a backlog of 18 Ariane 5 and 18 Soyuz launches, equal to more than three years of business.
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