Viasat leases Hylas-4 capacity from Avanti

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SINGAPORE — Viasat on June 25 acquired a quarter of the steerable capacity on Avanti’s newest satellite, Hylas-4, providing fresh Ka-band resources the company can use anywhere from the Americas across the Atlantic to the Middle East.

The two-year lease is for $10 million and will support international government applications, according to Ken Peterman, president of Viasat’s Government Systems division.

“We expect easy integration of the HYLAS 4 satellite capacity into our global network — enabling us to quickly bring capacity to where our customer demand exists,” Peterman said in a statement.

Avanti’s Hylas-4 has four steerable beams in addition to its primary 64 fixed spot beam payload. Viasat is leasing one of the beams.

Built by Orbital ATK (now Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems), the satellite’s overall capacity ranges between 75 and 100 gigabit per second, Avanti’s former chief technology officer David Bestwick told SpaceNews in an April interview.

Hylas-4 launched April 5 on an Ariane 5 rocket.