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Astrium plays a triple role on the Skynet 5 programme responsible for the service provision through its company Paradigm, prime contractor on the launcher Ariane 5 and also as prime contractor for the satellites and associated ground segment.A new era in secure military communications for the UK Ministry of Defence began when the Skynet 5A satellite entered service in April 2007 following successful launch from Kourou, French Guiana on 11 March 2007.

Skynet 5B was launched on 14 November 2007 and entered service in January one month earlier than scheduled.Skynet 5 is the groundbreaking next generation military satellite communications programme for the UK Ministry of Defence.

Secure communications services are being delivered by the owner and operator, Paradigm, part of Astrium Services, with the system, including the satellites, designed and built by Astrium Satellites. Astrium Space Transportation is prime contractor on Ariane 5.More information:

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  1. Anonymous // December 14, 2008 at 8:21 AM  

    Skynet 5C is one more feather added to the cap of military communication. Applause for all the innovative researches have been made so far.

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