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HYLAS 3 satellite launches into orbit

(7 August 2019 - Avanti) Avanti’s latest high-throughput satellite will provide flexible and quick-to-deploy Ka-band communications across EMEA

Launched at 20:30 GMT on 6th August 2019 from the Guiana Space Centre in French Guiana, HYLAS 3 is Avanti Communications Group’s latest satellite deployment, and one of its most ambitious to date. With over 4GHz capacity of steerable beam technology in a unique steerable user and gateway beam combination – which allows coverage to be quickly allocated where it is needed – HYLAS 3 extends Avanti’s satellite connectivity across EMEA creating a comprehensive and flexible communications network in that region.

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Avanti's HYLAS 3 satellite launched from French Guiana an an Ariane 5 (courtesy: Arianespace)

HYLAS 3 has been carefully constructed in partnership with the European Space Agency (ESA), MDA, Airbus and OHB. It shares a platform with EDRS-C, a data relay mission for low earth orbiting satellites.

HYLAS 3 has a multi-beam steerable cluster. enabling mobile and broadband coverage to be moved to where it is needed within minutes. For example, on Avanti’s HYLAS 4, one of the steerable beams was deployed in less than 24 hours to assist humanitarian aid relief in Mozambique following Cyclone IDAI in April 2019.

Avanti CEO, Kyle Whitehill, says: “Our objective was to bring connectivity to areas where it doesn’t exist and HYLAS 3 adds to Avanti’s already extensive capability and coverage in EMEA. With this satellite in orbit, we are now providing a comprehensive communications network that will empower individuals, communities, and businesses across this region.”

HYLAS 3: The Facts

  • 4GHz of steerable beam capacity
  • Providing flexible connectivity across the EMEA region
  • A steerable cluster of 8 Ka-band beams
  • Mission life of 15 years
  • Government and civilian frequencies
  • Independently steerable gateway beam

About Avanti

Avanti connects people wherever they are. Through the HYLAS satellite fleet and partners in 118 countries, our network provides ubiquitous internet service to an end market of over 1.7bn people. Avanti works together with like-minded people and organisations to go the extra mile, developing new, innovative and pioneering satellite solutions that help to liberate the potential of people, businesses and government departments across EMEA. Avanti has invested $1.2bn in the latest Ka-band satellite technology and shaped it to meet our customers’ aspirations.

Avanti Communications is listed in London on AIM (AVN: LSE)