Mission critical communications services supplied to ESA by Avanti Communications’ ARTEMIS satellite
Avanti Communications is supporting the European Space Agency’s (ESA) Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV) resupply mission to the International Space Station. ATV-5 was successfully launched by Arianespace on Tuesday 29th July 2014 from Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana. Under ESA supervision, telemetry was acquired by the Redu ground station via Avanti Communications’ ARTEMIS satellite at 01:36, ATV-5’s telecommand was activated at 01:43.
In December 2013, ESA announced that Avanti Communications had been successful in its bid to take ownership of the ARTEMIS satellite and support ESA’s subsequent re-supply mission. ATV-5 will deliver more than six tonnes of cargo to the Station, breaking the record for the heaviest spacecraft launched on Ariane.
Avanti is pleased to support the successful ATV resupply mission to the International Space Station with mission critical communications services supplied using the ARTEMIS satellite. The mission will continue for six months. Avanti is also supplying additional commercial satellite applications via ARTEMIS, targeting government and private sectors.”
David Williams, Chief Executive at Avanti Communications