HYLAS 3 satellite launches into orbit
Avanti’s latest high-throughput satellite will provide flexible and quick-to-deploy Ka-band communications across EMEA
Launched at 20:30 BST 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.
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.”