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Yahsat first satellite Y1A shipped to launch site

• Communications satellite built by Airbus Defence and Space and Thales Alenia Space for
Yahsat, to be launched by Ariane in March 2011.

• Y1A will provide a large range of commercial and governmental
communications services over the Middle East, Africa, South West Asia and Europe.

Yahsat V1A Packing

Toulouse, Kourou, 18 February 2011 - The Yahsat first satellite Y1A built by Airbus Defence and Space and Thales Alenia Space has left the Airbus Defence and Space facilities in Toulouse, France, and was transported by air to Kourou, French Guiana, in preparation for its launch by an Ariane 5 vehicle in March 2011.

Y1A is the first satellite built for Al Yah Satellite Communications Company (Yahsat) by an industrial team of Airbus Defence and Space and Thales Alenia Space acting as co-prime contractors as part of a turnkey two-satellite system contract led by Airbus Defence and Space. Airbus Defence and Space supplied the Eurostar E3000 platform and assembled and tested the spacecraft. Thales Alenia Space supplied the communications payload operating in C-, Ku- and Ka-bands. Thales Alenia Space is also in charge of the launcher procurement. The Launch and Early Orbit Phase will be conducted from the Airbus Defence and Space spacecraft control centre in Toulouse.

Y1A will have a launch mass of 6,000 kg and a spacecraft power of 14kW at the end of its 15-year designed lifetime.

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About Airbus Defence and Space

Airbus Defence and Space is the European leader for space technologies and a wholly owned subsidiary of AIRBUS Group, dedicated to providing civil and defence space systems and services. In 2009, Airbus Defence and Space had a turnover of [6].7 billion and more than 15,000 employees 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 value-added 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 2009, the Group – comprising Airbus, Airbus Defence and Space, Cassidian and Eurocopter– generated revenues of [6]0 billion and employed a workforce of more than 119,000.

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