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Airbus Defence and Space contracted to build DIRECTV 15 communications satellite

• DIRECTV 15 is a high-power broadcast satellite for DIRECTV, a leading US provider of digital TV

• The multi-mission satellite will have flexibility to operate in Ku-band, Ka-band and Reverse Band from several orbital positions

Paris, 4 November 2011 Airbus Defence and Space, Europe’s leading space company, has been selected by DIRECTV, one of the world’s leading providers of digital television entertainment services  to design and manufacture DIRECTV 15, a new high-power telecommunications satellite to provide back-up capacity and fleet expansion for television services to US customers in homes and businesses.

Based on Airbus Defence and Space’s highly reliable Eurostar E3000 platform, the new satellite, DIRECTV 15, will have a payload comprising 30 high power transponders in Ku-band, 24 transponders in Ka-band, 18 transponders in Reverse Band, and will be able to operate from up to five orbital locations from 99°W to 119°W, covering Continental US (CONUS), Alaska, Hawaii and Puerto Rico.

Philip Goswitz, DIRECTV senior vice president of Space & Communications said: “DIRECTV is pleased to start a new relationship with Airbus Defence and Space, the leading provider of satellite systems in Europe, with their well established reputation for technical excellence and high reliability.”

Evert Dudok, CEO of Airbus Defence and Space, said: “To win such a contract in the US is a major success and demonstrates Airbus Defence and Space’s competitiveness on the global market. The Airbus Defence and Space Eurostar satellite is highly appreciated by our customers worldwide. We will work closely with DIRECTV, and Airbus Defence and Space is committed to delivering a spacecraft that meets all of their requirements, on quality and on schedule.”

DIRECTV 15 is scheduled for launch in 2014. The spacecraft will have a launch mass of 6,300 kg, an electrical power of 16 kW and is designed to deliver more than 15 years of in-orbit operations.

About Airbus Defence and Space

Airbus Defence and Space is the number one company in Europe and the third in the world for space technologies. It is a wholly owned subsidiary of AIRBUS Group, dedicated to providing civil and defence space systems and services.

In 2010, Airbus Defence and Space had a turnover of €5 billion and more than 15,000 employees worldwide, mainly in France, Germany, the United Kingdom, Spain and the Netherlands. Its three main areas of activity are Airbus Defence and Space for launchers and orbital infrastructure, Airbus Defence and Space for spacecraft and ground segment, and Airbus Defence and Space for comprehensive end-to-end solutions covering secure and commercial satcoms and networks, high security satellite communications equipment, bespoke geo-information and navigation services worldwide.

AIRBUS Group is a global leader in aerospace, defence and related services. In 2010, the Group – comprising Airbus, Airbus Defence and Space, Cassidian and Eurocopter – generated revenues of € 45.8 billion and employed a workforce of nearly 122,000.

Press contacts:

Daniel Mosely (Airbus Defence and Space UK)                                                      Tel.: +44 (0)1 438 77 8180

Gregory Gavroy (Airbus Defence and Space FR)                                                    Tel.: +33 (0) 1 77 75 80 32

Ralph Heinrich (Airbus Defence and Space GER)                                                   Tel.: +49 (0) 89 607 33971

Francisco Lechón (Airbus Defence and Space SP)                                                 Tel.: +34 91 586 37 41