ISRO launches HYLAS

doi:10.1038/nindia.2010.167 Published online 29 November 2010



The India Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has launched an advanced commercial communication satellite HYLAS (Highly Adaptable Satellite) built in partnership with EADS-Astrium of Europe. At 2541 kg, the satellite is the heaviest ever built for ISRO's Insat-2K bus.

The satellite was launched from the Guyana Space Centre at Kouru in French Guyana last week (November 27, 2010) by the European Ariane-5 V198 launch vehicle. ISRO's master control facility (MCF) at Hassan in Karnataka successfully has reported the satellite's health to be normal.

The satellite developed for Avanti Communications, UK consists of ten high power transponders. The satellite is designed to deliver high-speed broadband services through its spot beams over Europe. It is expected to be operated from 33.5 degree west longitude for European coverage, an ISRO release said.

ISRO won the contract for building the satellite in 2006 in a competition with leading manufacturers of USA and Europe through a strategic alliance between Antrix/ISRO and M/s. EADS Astrium of France. The alliance jointly develops communication satellites with ISRO platforms and Astrium payloads for the international market.

Astrium was responsible for overall programme management and delivery of the communications payload. Antrix/ISRO provided the satellite bus and also performed the satellite integration and testing at ISRO's facility in Bangalore.

HYLAS is the heaviest satellite built by ISRO for I-2K bus capable of operating for over 15 years mission life, the release said. The satellite's solar panels generate a maximum of about 3200 Watts of power.