Ariane 5 brings satellite broadband closer to home

French space transit company has successfully launched its Ariane 5 rocket, with dual-payloads set to provide satellite broadband and TV services to areas in Europe and beyond.

Ariane 5, complete with two satellites, takes off from its launch pad in French Guiana on Friday. ESA

French commercial space transportation company Arianespace has successfully launched its Ariane 5 rocket, with dual-payloads set to provide satellite broadband and television services to areas in Europe and beyond.

The launch occurred on Friday at the ELA-3 spaceport in Korou in French Guiana. It took 49 minutes to separate the satellites from the spacecraft and establish a signal after launch. Avanti Communications' Hylas 1 satellite was on board Ariane 5; it will theoretically be able to supply up to 350,000 residential customers with broadband connections of up to 10Mbps.

Satellite-based communications often use the Ku-band (12-18GHz) of spectrum, but Hylas 1 will operate in the Ka-band (26.5-40GHz), allowing for higher throughput .

Read more of "Ariane 5 brings satellite broadband closer to home" at ZDNet UK.

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