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HYLAS 1 commissioned in orbit

High-speed broadband services across Europe

The Highly Adaptable Satellite (HYLAS 1), which was designed and built by Airbus Defence and Space and the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), has been handed over to the satellite broadband operator Avanti Communications to prepare for customer service.

HYLAS 1 will bring high-speed broadband services to remote rural areas across Europe, using its innovative ‘highly adaptable’ payload, developed by Airbus Defence and Space, primarily at its UK sites in Portsmouth and Stevenage and by ISRO in Bangalore that was responsible for the HYLAS 1 platform and satellite’s integration, testing and LEOP activities.

Since the launch of HYLAS 1 in November 2010, the satellite has performed exceptionally well throughout in-orbit testing and is now ready to enter operational service. In recent months HYLAS 1 has undergone a series of tests to verify and validate the performance of its flexible payload, which 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.

David Williams, CEO, Avanti Communications said: “The in-orbit testing phase of HYLAS 1 has been a complete success and puts us in a strong position for future growth. With Europe’s first fully operational broadband satellite, Avanti will now provide a range of satellite data communications services to consumers, enterprise and governmental organisations across the UK and Europe. In such a vast market with so much growth in data demand, and a strong customer base already committed, we are highly confident of achieving rapid commercial success for this powerful and flexible satellite.”

Colin Paynter, CEO, Airbus Defence and Space Ltd, said: “HYLAS 1 is a highly innovative spacecraft and its adaptability represents a significant advance in payload technology. We remain committed to supporting Avanti throughout HYLAS 1’s operational service, and wish them every success in providing broadband services throughout rural Europe.”