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SBCA ANNOUNCES THAT ARIANESPACE, INC. HAS JOINED THE ASSOCIATION AS AN EXECUTIVE MEMBER

ALEXANDRIA, VA, July 11, 2002 – The Satellite Broadcasting and Communications Association (SBCA) announced today that it has added Arianespace, Inc. as a new executive member company.

“We are pleased that Arianespace, Inc. has joined the SBCA, and we are very excited about working even more closely with President Clay Mowry and the other talented professionals on his team,” said SBCA President Andy Wright.  “Because it is a leading provider of launch services to so many companies in the satellite services industry, Arianespace already enjoys a strong relationship with many of SBCA’s member companies.  We will help them build and expand those relationships as we continue our mission to represent the industry.”

“As the world’s leading provider of commercial launch services, we recognize the tremendous support that the SBCA receives from many of the companies to which we provide launch services.  It is clear that we can benefit from supporting the SBCA and becoming involved in its many initiatives,” said Arianespace, Inc. President Clay Mowry.  “The SBCA’s works effectively to represent the satellite services industry in Washington, and to promote the use of satellite services to consumers.  These Association initiatives will ensure the continued growth of the satellite services industry, and that bodes well for Arianespace, our customers, and the rest of the SBCA’s member companies.”

Clay Mowry will serve on SBCA’s Board of Directors representing Arianespace, Inc.

About Arianespace, Inc.

Arianespace is the commercial launch services leader, holding more than 50 percent of the international market for satellites launched to geostationary transfer orbit (GTO).  Created in 1980 as the world's first commercial space transportation company, Arianespace has signed contracts for the launch of more than 245 satellite payloads.  Arianespace, Inc. is the U.S. subsidiary of Arianespace, S.A., and is responsible for sales, marketing and customer support to the U.S. commercial satellite market.  For further information, see the Arianespace Web site at www.arianespace.com.

  About SBCA

The Satellite Broadcasting and Communications Association of America (www.sbca.com) is the national trade organization representing all segments of the satellite industry.  It is committed to expanding the utilization of satellite technology for the broadcast delivery of video, audio, data, interactive and broadband services.  The SBCA is composed of DBS, C-band, broadband, satellite radio, and other consumer satellite service providers, content providers, equipment manufacturers, retailers, national and regional distributors, and other companies in the satellite services industry.