[SatNews] Both satellites for Arianespace's next heavy-lift Ariane 5 flight — the fifth for this workhorse launcher in 2010 — are undergoing their final checkout for a November 25 liftoff.
The mission will orbit Intelsat 17 for Intelsat of the U.S., along with HYLAS 1 for operation by Avanti Communications in the United Kingdom. Intelsat 17 will be positioned at 66 degrees East, offering programmers mdistribution in a region that extends across Asia and into Europe and Africa. Built by Space Systems/Loral, Intelsat 17's C- and Ku-band capacity will provide multi-continental coverage, and this spacecraft will replace the Intelsat 702 satellite that was launched by Arianespace in June 1994.
The HYLAS 1 spacecraft was designed and built by EADS Astrium for satellite broadband operator Avanti Communications, and will bring high-speed
broadband services to remote rural areas across Europe using a highly adaptable payload. Operating in the Ku- and Ka-bands, the spacecraft is designed to allocate varying amounts of power and bandwidth to the various regions within its footprint, reacting to the highs and lows of traffic demand. The HYLAS 1 platform was provided by Antrix Corporation - then Indian Space Research Organisation's commercial arm, with satellite assembly
and qualification testing performed in Bangalore, India.
Arianespace remains on track for a total of six Ariane 5 flights in 2010.