Aug. 4, 2014 13:37 UTC

Avanti Communications: Successful ESA ATV-5 resupply mission to International Space Station

Mission critical communications services supplied to ESA by Avanti Communications’ ARTEMIS satellite

LONDON--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- 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.

David Williams, Chief Executive at Avanti Communications, commented: "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.”

About Avanti Communications

Avanti Communications is a carriers’ carrier, selling wholesale data telecoms to service providers which use them to create networks for enterprise, carrier, government and consumer users. Avanti Communications’ network consists of:- two high throughput satellites in orbit, called HYLAS 1 and HYLAS 2; a multiband satellite called Artemis plus a fourth satellite in construction called HYLAS 3; and a fifth called HYLAS 4; and an international fibre network connecting data centres in several countries. Avanti Communications has GEO satellite network spectrum filings in the ITU Master Register for Ka band at 33.5° West and 31.0° East and for Ka, Ku, S and L-band at 21.5° East. Avanti Communications serves customers in Europe, Middle East and Africa.

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Avanti Communications
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Laura Hegarty
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Source: Avanti Communications