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United States : ORBITAL SCIENCES wins contract from AVANTI COMMUNICATIONS GROUP to build commercial satellite [TendersInfo (India)]
[August 16, 2014]

United States : ORBITAL SCIENCES wins contract from AVANTI COMMUNICATIONS GROUP to build commercial satellite [TendersInfo (India)]

(TendersInfo (India) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Orbital Sciences Corp. has won a firm contract from Avanti Communications Group plc. to build the HYLAS 4 broadband communications satellite, to be based on Orbital s GEOStar-3 satellite platform.

The satellite will be designed, manufactured, and tested at Orbital s satellite manufacturing facility in Dulles, Va. and will deliver up to 28 GHz of capacity in 66 fixed beams positioned over Africa and Europe.

Part of the HYLAS 4 capacity will offer growth for Avanti s existing markets and the balance should be available for initiating service to new coverage areas.

HYLAS 4 will be the 27th Orbital-built satellite launched into orbit aboard an Ariane rocket, with its launch planned for early 2017.

David Williams, Avanti s chief executive officer, said, We are pleased to have awarded a contract to Orbital as the manufacturer of our fourth communications satellite. Orbital did an excellent job providing us with the HYLAS 2 spacecraft, our first high-throughput all-Ka-band satellite, which has outperformed its technical specifications since its launch in 2012. We are pleased to once again count on a trusted supplier for the new HYLAS 4 satellite. Orbital s GEOStar-3 satellite platform, with its enhanced payload capabilities, will help Avanti significantly expand its satellite fleet and services in Africa, the Middle East, and Europe.

Design of HYLAS 4 features four steerable beams also to serve markets in Latin America or Africa. The HYLAS 4 satellite s payload will offer Ka-band services covering the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region with more capacity than the HYLAS 2 satellite built and delivered by Orbital for Avanti in 2012. David W. Thompson, Orbital s chairman and chief executive officer said, Orbital is honored and thrilled to be selected by David Williams and his team at Avanti to build their new HYLAS 4 satellite. This high-throughput/light-weight satellite will set a new standard for affordability and flexibility in its class, while also providing the high quality and dependability of Orbital s reliable GEOStar product line of over 45 geosynchronous spacecraft built or in production for many of the world s leading operators. We look forward to contributing to Avanti s future growth with the HYLAS 4 project.

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