Alcatel Spaces: three additional sattelites for GE Americom!
Alcatel Spaces, which continues its American breakthrough has a new contract: the company and hold at 51% by Alcatel and at 49% by Thales, announced on Monday April 23rd an additional order of three communication satellites on behalf of GE Americom, which is part of the General Electric group. This order particularly concerns Alcatel's establishment in Cannes, which is the first manufacturer of European satellites. Then Cannes already participates to the construction of four European satellites on behalf of GE Americom. Then seven satellites have to be made by the American operator. The first satellite has to be delivered in 2002. No figure was provided concerning the amount of this new contract. However, for the first contract of four satellites, (highly powerful satellites of four up to five tons each), the figure of 3 billion francs was announced (see article of August 2000 "Cannes : two important contracts for Alcatel Spaces").