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EDRS Space Network Ready To Move Ahead
2012-11-23 13:10:19

ESA The design of Europe´s data relay satellite system — EDRS - has been completed and approved. This marks the moment when it moves ahead with a green light from its first customer, the Global Monitoring for Environment and Security initiative from the European Union (GMES). EDRS will provide a telecommunications network that is fast, reliable and seamless, making real-time information from satellites available on demand. EDRS will be the first commercially operated data...

Ariane Celebrates 50th Consecutive Successful Launch
2012-08-03 07:39:23

[ Watch the Video: Ariane 5's 50th Successful Launch ] Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online An Ariane 5 rocket launch from the European Space Agency´s (ESA) spaceport in French Guiana on August 2nd marks the 50th successful launch since Ariane rocket lift-offs began in 2003. The latest launch performed a dual deployment of two telecommunications satellites: Intelsat 20 and Hylas-2. The launch marks Ariane 5´s fourth launch of 2012. The lift-off of flight...

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2011-03-25 10:55:00

It's all systems go for Hylas-1, the first satellite created specifically to deliver broadband access to European consumers. Since its launch in November, Hylas has performed well throughout its testing in orbit and is now ready for commercial service. An extensive series of tests has checked the performance of its communications payloads. Conducted from ESA's new testing facilities in Redu, Belgium, the tests have confirmed that the payload, including the antennas, is in good health,...

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2010-11-27 08:30:00

Europe has launched the first satellite dedicated to delivering broadband services. The Hylas spacecraft is designed to work in remote locations, also known as "hotspots," such as rural villages where it is currently not possible to get a fast Internet connection. The satellite was successfully placed into orbit 34 minutes after its launch from the Kourou spaceport in French Guiana on an Arian 5 rocket. Hylas signal was picked up almost immediately at an antenna located in India. The...

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2010-10-20 10:26:52

The Hylas-1 telecommunications satellite has arrived at Europe's Spaceport in French Guiana. Its next journey will be to space, on an Ariane 5 launcher towards its operational orbit nearly 36,000 km up. The Antonov An-124 cargo jetliner bringing Hylas-1 from Bangalore, India, touched down at Rochambeau airport near the capital Cayenne late in the evening of October 11. The satellite was then moved by road to the Guiana Space Centre, where it was taken into the S1B satellite preparation...

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2010-09-29 13:37:45

Following extensive testing in India, the Hylas-1 telecommunication satellite has been given the go-ahead for shipping to Europe's Spaceport in French Guiana for its November flight. The Hylas-1 mission, a public-private partnership between ESA and Avanti Communications in the UK, will target the high demand for broadband services in Europe. The Agency's advanced communications payload will deliver broadband services to hundreds of thousands of European customers on a flexible basis, shifting...


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