Franco-Italian Thales Alenia Space signed an agreement with China Great Wall Industry Corp. Dec. 5 to launch the Turkmenistan government’s first telecommunications satellite. The agreement follows a November meeting at which Thales Alenia Space and the Turkmenistan Ministry of Communications signed a contract for the design, manufacture and on-orbit delivery of the spacecraft. The Cannes, France-based company offers a so-called ITAR-free satellite that excludes American parts ...

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