Avanti and Astrium Launch Ka-Band Test

Test facility to support experimentation and development of end to end Ka-Band communications capabilities.
Avanti to provide bandwith on HYLAS 1.
Avanti Communications (AIM: AVN), the broadband satellite company is pleased to announce that it has entered in to an agreement with Astrium Services to establish a new military and government advanced Ka-band test-bed.
The technology test-bed, which will be based in Stevenage, UK, will comprise of a dedicated secure laboratory facility which will enable government and military customers to test and refine future military Ka-band system requirements. The test bed will utilise proven system and terminal capabilities supplied by Astrium Secure Satcom Systems and satellite bandwidth on Avanti’s HYLAS 1 satellite which will be launched in November 2010.
Commenting on the news, David Williams, CEO of Avanti Communications said: “With the ever increasing utilisation of satellite communications by both military and government customers, the demand for fast, secure, satellite band width has never been greater.
“When HYLAS 1 is launched in November 2010, Avanti Communications will have one of the most advanced communications satellites in existence. The high speeds and high bandwidths which the Ka-band technology provides are, we believe, ideally suited for military applications.
“The launch of this test-bed will provide military and government customers with a secure, dedicated facility in which they can fully explore the opportunities and benefits Ka-band satellite technology offers.”

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