Airianspace Joins Hosted Payload Alliance

DEERFIELD, IL – January 28, 2012 – Arianespace has joined the Hosted Payload Alliance (HPA) as an Executive Member, HPA announced. As an Executive Member, Arianespace will have a seat on the 2012 HPA Board of Directors, the Alliance’s governing body.

Arianespace joins HPA member companies ATK, Boeing, EADS North America, Harris, Intelsat, Iridium, Lockheed Martin, Orbital, Raytheon, SES, and Space Systems/Loral as one of 12 Executive Board members. HPA represents satellite operators, satellite manufacturers, system integrators and launch service providers, as well as other interested parties.

Mr. Clayton Mowry, President of Arianespace, Inc., will serve as the company’s primary representative to HPA. Mr. Mowry stated that Arianespace has a long history of working with HPA member companies on hosted payloads. “We pioneered the launch of some of the first hosted payloads, and want to foster an environment where hosted payloads can thrive,” said Mowry. “Hosted payloads are a cost-effective and secure option for governments to provide augmented services and test new technologies.”

Arianespace will play an active role advising the board on space transportation policy, specifically in areas where the commercial space sector can help. “These efforts will contribute to the advancement of hosted payloads and HPA as an emerging member association,” said HPA chairman Don Thoma.

HPA is a nonprofit satellite industry association established to serve as a bridge between government and private industry, fostering open communication between potential users and providers of hosted payload capabilities. HPA focuses on education, awareness and developing solutions to common challenges.
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