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Hylas 1 arrives in Kourou

Broadband satellite to be launched aboard an Ariane 5 in November

The Highly Adaptable Satellite (Hylas 1), which was designed and built by Airbus Defence and Space for the satellite broadband operator Avanti Communications, has now arrived at the Guiana Space Centre in French Guiana, ahead of its planned launch aboard an Ariane 5 in late November.

Hylas 1 will bring high-speed broadband services to remote rural areas across Europe, using its ‘highly adaptable’ payload, developed by Airbus Defence and Space, primarily at its UK sites in Portsmouth and Stevenage. The payload operating in Ku and Ka bands is designed to allocate varying amounts of power and bandwidth to the different regions within its footprint, reacting to the highs and lows of traffic demand.

Hylas 1 will therefore help bridge the digital divide in several regions around Europe.

The satellite was flown to French Guiana aboard an Antonov An-124 cargo plane from Bangalore, India, where Hylas 1’s satellite platform and integration was undertaken by the Indian Space Research Organisation. Over the coming weeks the satellite will be readied for launch and mated with the Ariane 5 launch vehicle.

The UK Space Agency and Technology Strategy Board have provided support for the development of Hylas 1 through the UK subscription to the European Space Agency ARTES programme.

The satellite will be a flight demonstrator for brand new technologies. The UK Space Agency and Technology Strategy Board have provided support for the development of Hylas 1 through the UK subscription to the European Space Agency ARTES programme.