Airbus Defence and Space

Telecommunications Press releases

Airbus Defence and Space – the double prime contractor for the 54th Ariane 5 launch

  • Airbus Defence and Space is the prime contractor for the HYLAS 1 satellite payload

  • Airbus Defence and Space is also responsible for Ariane 5’s development and delivery


Kourou, 22 November 2010 – The Highly Adaptable Satellite (HYLAS) 1, which was designed and built by Airbus Defence and Space for the satellite broadband operator Avanti Communications, has been fully fuelled and integrated with the Ariane 5 launch vehicle at the Guiana Space Centre in French Guiana.


HYLAS 1 is scheduled to be launched on an Ariane 5, for which Airbus Defence and Space is also the prime industrial contractor, on the 26th November between 6.39pm and 9.54pm GMT. The Airbus Defence and Space teams on site at the Guiana Space Centre are now busy with final preparations for what will be the 54th Ariane 5 launch.


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.


The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) in Bangalore was responsible for the HYLAS 1 platform and satellite’s integration


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.


Airbus Defence and Space was selected as the sole prime contractor for Ariane 5 in 2003. Airbus Defence and Space delivers the fully assembled and tested launch vehicle to Arianespace, the commercial launch service provider. Airbus Defence and Space also supplies all the Ariane 5 stages, equipment bays, flight software and numerous sub-assemblies.

Airbus Defence and Space oversees the entire industrial chain and is committed to providing Arianespace, who are responsible for the commercial marketing and launch of the Ariane 5, with a launcher that offers maximum reliability. It is this unique strategy of industrial collaboration that has allowed the Group to develop such a reliable launch vehicle, which has chalked up 39 successful consecutive flights.



About Airbus Defence and Space

Airbus Defence and Space, a wholly owned subsidiary of AIRBUS Group, is dedicated to providing civil and defence space systems and services. In 2009, Airbus Defence and Space had a turnover of €4.8 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 2009, the Group – comprising Airbus, Airbus Defence and Space, Cassidian and Eurocopter – generated revenues of € 42.8 billion and employed a workforce of more than 119,000.


Press contacts:

Daniel Mosely (Airbus Defence and Space UK)                                                      Tel.: +44 (0)1 438 77 8180

Matthieu Duvelleroy (Airbus Defence and Space FR)                                              Tel.: +33 (0) 1 77 75 80 32

Ralph Heinrich (Airbus Defence and Space GER)                                                   Tel.: +49 (0) 89 607 33971

Francisco Lechón (Airbus Defence and Space SP)                                                 Tel.: +34 91 586 37 41