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25 January, 2006 - 21:58 By Staff Reporter

EADS hooks deals worth millions

EADS Astrium in Stevenage has landed a major part in a multi-million pound contract to build a new satellite for one of the world’s leading operators, Telesat.The Canadian satellite operator wants the Nimiq 4 in service by 2008 to broadcast direct-to-home TV, enhancing the firm’s digital services.

It is the third consecutive order for a Eurostar E3000 from Telesat following Anik F1R and Anik F3.

The total value of the deal is estimated to be somewhere between $100m and $150m (£55 – £85m) with a large portion of the work set to be carried out in the UK. Nimiq 4, which will weigh 4.8 tonnes and have a solar array span of 39 metres once deployed, will provide commercial services for a minimum of 15 years.

Stevenage will build the main structure of the satellite including the walls, and heat pipes which transfer thermal energy, plus the propulsion system which will enable the satellite to reach and maintain its position in geostationary orbit will be manufactured in Stevenage. EADS Astrium in Portsmouth will handle the payload.

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