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Skynet 5A Touches Down In French Guiana

The Skynet 5A military telecommunications satellite
by Staff Writers
Kirilou, French Guiana (SPX) Jan 12, 2007
A heavy-lift An-124 cargo transport delivered the Skynet 5A military telecommunications satellite to French Guiana this week for Arianespace's initial Ariane 5 flight of 2007.

Skynet 5A is the first in a series of next-generation secure satellites that will provide communications services for the British armed forces, NATO and a number of other countries. It will be operated for the U.K. Ministry of Defence by Paradigm Secure Communications, a commercial organization.

The Skynet 5A platform is to be launched on a dual-payload Ariane 5 mission along with India's INSAT 4B telecommunications satellite.

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Boeing To Begin Second Phase Of Enhanced Polar System Payload Study
St. Louis MO (SPX) Jan 10, 2007
Boeing and the U.S. Air Force MILSATCOM Systems Wing have exercised an $8.4 million contract option to activate Phase II of the Enhanced Polar System (EPS) payload study. Phase I began in July 2006 with a $1.5 million award to Boeing to define the next-generation communications payload for a polar-orbiting satellite. Phase II focuses on further payload system definition efforts and lays the foundation for future EPS system definition and production efforts. The work is expected to conclude in December 2007.







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