PARIS — Thales Alenia Space says a pair of new deals with Gazprom and the European Space Agency (ESA) helped make 2009 one of its most successful years ever. The Gazprom contract, for Yamal 401 and 402, gave the Thales-Finmeccanica joint venture seven telecom satellite awards for 2009 — one more than in 2008 and 2007. Executives acknowledged that the Yamal contract remains to be finalized but insisted it will not suffer the fate of the launch award, which was initially given to ...

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