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Airbus Defence and Space-primed HYLAS 1 is commissioned in orbit

Airbus Defence and Space / ISRO developed HYLAS 1 successfully completes extensive in-orbit testing -
Highly adaptable satellite will provide broadband services across Europe

Washington D.C., 16 March 2011: The Highly Adaptable Satellite (HYLAS 1), which was designed and built by Airbus Defence and Space and ISRO, has been handed over to the satellite broadband operator Avanti Communications to prepare for customer service next week.

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 the Indian Space Research Organisation (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 UK 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.

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’s ARTES programme.



About Airbus Defence and Space

Airbus Defence and Space is the first European company for space technologies and a wholly owned subsidiary of AIRBUS Group, dedicated to providing civil and defence space systems and services. In 2010, Airbus Defence and Space had a turnover of €5 billion and more than 15,000 employees in France, Germany, the United Kingdom, Spain and the Netherlands. Its three main areas of activity are Airbus Defence and Space for launchers and orbital infrastructure, Airbus Defence and Space for spacecraft and ground segment, and Airbus Defence and Space for comprehensive end-to-end value-added solutions covering secure and commercial satcoms and networks, high security satellite communications equipment, bespoke geo-information and navigation services worldwide.
AIRBUS Group is a global leader in aerospace, defence and related services. In 2010, the Group –comprising Airbus, Airbus Defence and Space, Cassidian and Eurocopter– generated revenues of €45.8 billion and employed a workforce of more than 121,000.


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