Arianespace to launch Sicral 2 military telecommunications satellite in 2013

13:34, December 07, 2010      

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European commercial satellite launching center Arianespace announced Monday that it will launch Sicral 2, a new-generation military telecommunications satellite, in November 2013 for the Italian Defense Ministry and the French DGA armament agency (DGA).

According to a statement posted on Arianespace's website, Italian company Telespazio (Finmeccanica/Thales), responsible for the Satellite Control System, has signed a launch contract with the spaceport.

"Sicral 2 will provide strategic and tactical telecommunications links for the French and Italian military forces, operating from an orbital slot of 37 degrees East. In addition, the satellite will offer reserve telecommunications capacity for other NATO countries," the statement said.

The military satellite will be developed and integrated by Thales Alenia Space, who is also responsible for the Mission Control Center to be installed in Italy and in France, the statement added.

Arianespace is one of the world's leading launch service and solutions company. A total of 287 satellites have been lifted off from its launch center up to Dec. 1 this year, accounting for some 50 percent of serving commercial satellites orbiting around the globe.



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