Avanti Communications Group plc, has chosen Arianespace to launch the HYLAS telecommunications satellite. This new contract is the 11th signed by Arianespace with the major satellite operators.
The launch of the HYLAS satellite is planned for the first semester of 2010, using an Ariane 5 or Soyuz launcher from the
HYLAS is the first satellite entrusted to Arianespace by Avanti Communications, the new European satellite operator. Avanti Communications is Arianespace's 31st new customer.
HYLAS has been built by the industrial consortium grouping EADS Astrium and ISRO (Indian Space Research Organization) using an ISRO I-2K platform. Positioned at 33,5 degrees West, this powerful Ka band satellite will be Europe's first superfast broadband satellite, serving customers all over
"We have chosen Arianespace for the launch of HYLAS as they have demonstrated the right combination of reliability, value and performance", said David Williams, Chief Executive of Avanti Communications Group plc. "Their track record is the best guarantee of success. HYLAS, once in orbit will begin a new era in broadband services for the people of
Commenting on this latest contract, Arianespace Chairman and CEO