Orbital-Built HYLAS 2 Broadband Communications Satellite Successfully Launched

Orbital Sciences Corporation (NYSE: ORB), one of the world’s leading space technology companies, announced today that the HYLAS 2 satellite, built by the company for Avanti Communications Group PLC, was successfully launched into orbit aboard an Ariane 5 rocket from Kourou, French Guiana. The mission began on Thursday, August 2, 2012, with the lift-off of the Ariane 5 space launch vehicle at 4:54 p.m. (EDT). The satellite successfully separated from the rocket’s final stage approximately 34 minutes after liftoff.

Mr. Christopher Richmond, Orbital’s Senior Vice President of Communications Satellites, said, “The HYLAS 2 mission is going very well so far following another successful launch by Arianespace. Over the next several weeks, we will work with the engineering team from Avanti to conduct in-orbit testing to verify the spacecraft’s systems before it enters commercial service.”

“From design to early in-orbit activation and verification, execution of the HYLAS 2 satellite project has proceeded smoothly. We have worked closely with Avanti every step of the way, following our model of superior customer involvement throughout the program to ensure our customer’s needs are fully met,” added Richmond. “We are pleased to be a part of Avanti’s team, bringing exciting new applications and services to these fast-growing markets.”

Source: Orbital Sciences Corp.
Date: Aug 6, 2012