Volume: 04, Issue: 19 05/17/2006 
HYLAS is a hybrid Ka Band/Ku Band satellite with European coverage. The satellite will be used mainly to provide broadband Internet access and to distribute and broadcast High Definition Television (HDTV). Image credit: Avanti.
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HYLAS architecture and service areas. Image credit: Avanti.
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Contract for the Innovative Flexible Broadband Satellite HYLAS

The European Space Agency (ESA) and Avanti Screenmedia Group PLC (Avanti) have announced the signing of a contract for the implementation of HYLAS (Highly Flexible Satellite)at the Case for Space Conference, in London, UK on May 15, 2006.

HYLAS is a hybrid Ka Band/Ku Band satellite with European coverage. The satellite will be used mainly to provide broadband Internet access and to distribute and broadcast High Definition Television (HDTV).

The contract between ESA and Avanti covers support for the development of the most innovative elements of this new system. The supplier of the HYLAS Satellite is EADS Astrium Limited. ESA’s contribution is 34 million Euros of a total estimated project cost of 120 million Euros.

For Giuseppe Viriglio, Director of European Union and Industry Programs for the European Space Agency, “HYLAS will play an important role in demonstrating the advanced technological capabilities of European space companies which are truly competitive on a global scale. It also makes significant progress in solving the social problem of poor broadband coverage in many parts of Europe and serves as a template for future large scale projects.”

With a launch mass of around 2100kg and beginning-of-life power of 3.5KW, HYLAS is a moderately sized satellite that allows the scalable introduction of new enhanced services with limited technical and financial risk.

The traffic-handling capacity of the Broadband HYLAS payload ranges from 150,000 to 300,000 simultaneous users. By using high-gain Ka Band spot beams, it is possible to provide up to eight simultaneously active spots, a capacity equivalent to more than 40 conventional 33 MHz transponders.

In addition, the implementation of a novel type of payload based on the combined use of EADS Astrium Limited General Flexible Payload technology and TSAT Flexible Traveling Wave Tubes will allow the optimization of the assignment of satellite resources (power and spectrum) to each spot as a function of their respective traffic demand.

Furthermore, two flexible Ku Band transponders will allow the distribution and broadcast of a range of HDTV programs for Avanti Screenmedia customers over the largest part of the European continent.

Avanti’s intended ground segment will be based on ESA-supported standards known as the DVB family (DVB S-S2/DVB RCS). The launch of HYLAS is currently planned for late 2008 on an orbital position of 33.5 degrees west. Its expected lifetime is 15 years.

For more information, please visit the following websites:
http://www.esa.int/esaCP/Pr_17_2006_p_EN.html
http://www.esa.int/esaCP/index.html.

    
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