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and integration of the COF. The COF is a pressurised module with an independent life-support system. It provides a full-scale research environment under microgravity conditions (material science, medicine, human physiology, biology, Earth observation, fluid physics and astronomy) and serves as a test-bed for new technologies. Astrium Space Transportation is also the prime contractor for the development and construction of the ATV, designed to carry fuel and supplies to the ISS and to provide reboost capability and a waste disposal solution. Launchers and Launch Services Space systems (including satellites, orbital infrastructure elements and interplanetary probes) depend on rocket propelled multi-stage launchers, which are consumed during the launch process, to place them into orbit. Astrium Space Transportation is active in two distinct businesses: designing and manufacturing launchers for both civil and military purposes; and providing launch services through its interests in Arianespace, Starsem and Eurockot. Astrium Space Transportation is the sole prime contractor for the Ariane 5 system, with responsibility for the delivery to Arianespace of a complete and fully tested vehicle. Astrium Space Transportation also supplies all Ariane 5 stages, the equipment bay, the flight software, as well as numerous subassemblies. Additionally, Astrium Space Transportation is the prime contractor for ballistic missile systems to the French State. It is responsible for the development, manufacturing and maintenance of the M45 and M51 submarine-launched missiles and related operating systems. Launch Services: Astrium Space Transportation is active in the field of launch services through its shareholdings in Arianespace (for heavy-lift launchers), Starsem (for medium-lift launchers) and Eurockot (for small-lift launchers). Arianespace: As of December 31, 2008, Ariane had launched a 265 satellites. Arianespace markets and sells the Ariane launcher worldwide and carries out launches from the Kourou space centre in French Guyana. Starsem: Astrium Space Transportation directly owns 35% of Starsem, a French corporation, along with Arianespace, the Russian space agency, and the Russian state-owned Central Specialised Design Bureau Progress. Through Arianespace, Starsem markets launch services by Soyuz launchers for medium-weight spacecrafts into low or sunsynchronous orbits, as well as for interplanetary missions. Eurockot: Astrium Space Transportation (51%) and Khrunichev (49%) jointly control Eurockot Launch Services, which provides launch services for small, low-Earth orbit satellites with Rockot launchers derived from SS-19 ballistic missiles. Commercial Launchers: Astrium Space Transportation manufactures launchers and performs research and development for the Ariane programmes. Ballistic Missiles: Astrium Space Transportation designs, manufactures, tests and maintains ballistic missiles in Europe. Under its contracts with the French State, Astrium Space Transportation has produced the submarine launched MSBS family (M1, M2, M20, M4 and M45) and developed the launch facilities at the Brest naval base. Astrium Space Transportation manages the operational maintenance of the M45 missile system, assisting the French armed forces until the end of its operational service. Astrium Space Transportation is also under contract to develop the M51, a new submarine-based strategic missile system. ASTRIUM SERVICES Astrium Services offers solutions in the fields of secure communications and satellite navigation. It provides military satellite communications services, Astrium Services delivers secure military satellite services to various countries. Military Communications: In 2003, the U.K. MoD selected Paradigm to deliver a global military satellite communications service for its Skynet 5 programme. Offering a catalogue of services, Paradigm delivers tailored in-theatre and back-to-base communication solutions for voice, data and video services, ranging from a single voice channel to a system incorporating terminals and network management. Paradigm also provides welfare services, ensuring that deployed troops c


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