Paris, November 7, 2001 - French space agency CNES (Centre National d'Etudes Spatiales) has chosen Alcatel Space to provide operations and maintenance services for various control stations at its Aussaguel site near Toulouse in southwest France. Taking effect January 1, 2002, this contract will foster synergies between CNES's Network Operations Center (COR), already run by Alcatel Space teams, and the Aussaguel 2-GHz network station, all operations being progressively transferred to the Network Operations Center.
The contract covers a total of 12 stations, including the 2-GHz station of the satellite tracking network (orbital positioning and routine operations) and the control stations for Jason and Stentor satellites.
Alcatel Space has built up a close relationship with CNES for all ground operations, and has the capabilities needed to take over from the former operator, without requiring a transition phase. Teams from Alcatel Space are highly experienced, and fully trained in the operation and maintenance of space systems. Drawing on these capabilities, Alcatel Space will ensure dependable, effective and flexible services for CNES.
With this contract, Alcatel Space will be responsible for operating CNES's entire 2-GHz network used for satellite orbital positioning.
Over the last dozen years, Alcatel Space has successfully operated ground-based systems for CNES, ESA (European Space Agency), Eumetsat, Arianespace and the DLR (German Space Agency), in Europe, Kourou (French Guiana) and the Kerguelen Islands making it the European leader in this field.
Alcatel Space already operates the Europe*Star satellite control and mission center at its Toulouse site, as well as the TT&C station which is located at its antenna range in Lherm.
About Alcatel Space
Alcatel Space ranks among the world's leading space systems prime contractors. Leveraging its dual expertise in civil and military applications, Alcatel Space develops satellite technology solutions for telecommunications, navigation, optical and radar observation, meteorology, and scientific applications. Alcatel Space established its world leadership in satellite orders in 2000, winning the most orders for geostationary communications satellites, with a total of 10 satellites (27% of the market). A fully-owned subsidiary of Alcatel (100%), Alcatel Space generated 2000 revenues of 1.4 billion euros and has 6,000 employees.
Alcatel (Paris: CGEP.PA; NYSE: ALA) builds next generation networks, delivering integrated end-to-end voice and data networking solutions to established and new carriers, as well as enterprises and consumers worldwide. With sales of EURO 31 billion in 2000 and 110,000 employees and, Alcatel operates in more than 130 countries.