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Arianespace to launch SSOT observation satellite for Chile

(Dec 2008) EADS Astrium has chosen Arianespace to launch the SSOT Sistema Satelital para Observación de la Tierra Earth observation satellite for the Government of Chile.

SSOT is a high-resolution Earth observation satellite. It will be boosted into Sun-synchronous orbit by a Soyuz launcher from the Guiana Space Center, Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana.

Slated for launch during the first half of 2010, SSOT will be built by Astrium using the Myriade platform, within the scope of a contract awarded by the Chilean government.

SSOT will provide Chile with very-high-quality images for both civil and military applications: mapping, agriculture, natural resources management, natural disaster and risks management, etc.

About Arianespace

Arianespace is the world’s leading launch Service & Solutions company, delivering innovative services and solutions to its customers since 1980. Backed by 23 shareholders and the European Space Agency, Arianespace offers an unrivalled launcher family, comprising Ariane 5, Soyuz and Vega, and an international workforce renowned for their culture of commitment and excellence. As of December 15, 2008, Arianespace had launched a total of 263 payloads, including more than half of all the commercial satellites now in service worldwide. It has a backlog of nearly 25 Ariane 5 and 10 Soyuz launches, equal to more than 3 years of business.

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