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Subject: China Launches Chinasat-9 - A French Made Satellite - Into Orbit
Softwar    6/10/2008 11:17:51 AM
http://www.space.com/missionlaunches/080610-chinasat9-longmarch3b.html A Chinese Long March 3B rocket successfully placed the Chinasat-9 direct-broadcast television satellite into geostationary transfer orbit June 9 - a launch that caused public-relations discomfort for both Chinese authorities and satellite builder Thales Alenia Space, for different reasons. Chinasat 9, a Spacebus 4000 satellite platform, is expected to operate for 15 years at 92.2 degrees east longitude. Chinese government authorities have been upset with the French government in recent weeks following a demonstration-marred passage of the Olympic flame through Paris in April and the near-simultaneous decision by the Paris city council to make the Dalai Lama an honorary citizen - an act that the Chinese Foreign Ministry termed "a grave provocation." For that reason, industry officials said, China will not be drawing attention to the fact that Chinasat 9 was made in France.
 
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Herald12345    Thales thieves and PRC bandits.    6/10/2008 4:39:14 PM

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A Chinese Long March 3B rocket successfully placed the Chinasat-9 direct-broadcast television satellite into geostationary transfer orbit June 9 - a launch that caused public-relations discomfort for both Chinese authorities and satellite builder Thales Alenia Space, for different reasons.

Chinasat 9, a Spacebus 4000 satellite platform, is expected to operate for 15 years at 92.2 degrees east longitude.

Chinese government authorities have been upset with the French government in recent weeks following a demonstration-marred passage of the Olympic flame through Paris in April and the near-simultaneous decision by the Paris city council to make the Dalai Lama an honorary citizen - an act that the Chinese Foreign Ministry termed "a grave provocation." For that reason, industry officials said, China will not be drawing attention to the fact that Chinasat 9 was made in France.
Two groups of felons forced to share common complicity and publicity for their criminality?

My heart bleeds.

Herald
 
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Softwar    Congress moves to block use of Long March by foreign satellite makers    6/12/2008 9:12:32 AM
Aviation Week & Space Technology
06/09/2008 , page 36
 
A congressional move to shut down the use of Chinese launch services by overseas satellite manufacturers threatens to heighten latent tensions between the U.S. and Europe.
 
The apparent target of the proposal is Thales Alenia Space, a Thales-Finmeccanica joint venture, which has had growing success marketing telecom satellites that have no major U.S. components, therefore freeing them from Washington?s International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR). This allows the company to launch the satellites on China?s Long March boosters, which are much cheaper than Western or Russian vehicles.
 
Although the process is perfectly legal, the issue is raising the ire of some in Washington, who claim it undermines U.S. policy seeking to constrain Chinese access to satellite technology with potential military applications.
 
Language inserted at the last minute into the Fiscal 2009 House defense authorization bill raises the possibility of punitive action against ?a foreign-owned company that is engaged with the People?s Republic of China in the development, manufacture or launch of certain satellites.? The amendment also calls for a review by the Defense secretary that could prohibit the Pentagon from doing business with such companies in the future, according to a report accompanying the House bill. The amendment specifically states that Pentagon funds could be denied to any business working with China on satellite technologies, particularly those not covered by ITAR.
 
Such a step would be damaging to Thales and Finmeccanica, which have both staked out penetrating the U.S. defense market as a top priority. Finmeccanica recently bid to acquire defense technology company DRS.
 
In addition to geopolitical considerations, the House move appears to be drawing support from satellite manufacturers and launch providers, who say Thales Alenia Space is gaining an unfair advantage by skirting the ITAR rules. Space Systems/Loral and Arianespace are among the companies that have criticized Thales Alenia?s ITAR-free approach (AW&ST Mar. 31, p. 33).
 
The House proposal was introduced by Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.), the House Armed Services Committee?s ranking minority member, known for his protectionist Buy American views. Hunter contends that Thales is effectively thwarting the intent, if not the letter, of U.S. technology restrictions by offering ITAR-free satellites.
 
The original version of the language called for the Pentagon to immediately restrict funding with Thales until the Defense Dept. completed a study of the effects of doing so on national security. The language was subsequently modified by Rep. Ellen Tauscher (D-Calif.) to allow the Pentagon to waive its enactment pending the outcome of the report. The bill targets expenditures from the Pentagon for ?contracts for classified work with a foreign-owned company that is engaged with China in the development, manufacture or launch of certain satellites.?
 
Thales North America, however, doesn?t conduct classified work for the U.S. government, according to industry officials.
Officials at the company say they are ?perplexed? by why Thales should be singled out for punishment when it?s not violating any laws. Chip Sheller, vice president of communications at Thales North America, says the company has received ?no formal communications or requests? on the issue of its work with China. ?Thales Alenia Space?s satellite activities in relation to China are limited to commercial telecommunications satellites and payloads, are carried out in full compliance with applicable laws and regulations, and involve strict controls on technology transfer,? he says. ?We believe, therefore, that the limitation on appropriations proposed in the House bill is unnecessary and could lead to delays or prevent the delivery of needed capabilities to the U.S. warfighter.?
 
Executives say the company is briefing U.S. government officials about their work with China to clarify matters. ?We have had substantive discussions with many people in Congress regarding this issue and will continue the dialogue? on the matter, Sheller says.
 
Pascale Sourisse, the former head of Thales Alenia Space who now leads Thales Land & Joint Div., says the company remains committed to its strategy, and sees no reason to alter it.
 
The measure is being introduced at a time when Washington is grappling with the effects of globalization in the U.S. aerospace industry and its impact on its own purchasing habits. An Italian platform was recently selected for the U.S. Marine Corps? Marine
 
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Herald12345    Since when.....   6/13/2008 7:33:30 PM
.........have the Thales thieves found a way to build ANYTHING in satellite electronic communications systems without US technology in it?

There are some space-rated components FUNDAMENTAL to communication satellites that are US proprietary, that they don't know how to maker; which they have to buy from us.

That is the only way we can make ITAR actually legally work against them.

Herald


 
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