Cyprus Mail

Hellas Sat 4 to launch in French Guyana

The Greek and Cypriot telecommunications satellite Hellas Sat 4 will launch from Kourou in French Guyana late on Tuesday night, following a visit by Transport Minister Vassiliki Anastasiadou to the launch area.

The satellite is part of a communications payload, and once in the space, will offer advanced ser-vices for direct-to-home operators, expected to reach approximately three million households.

The Cypriot CEO of the company, Christodoulos Protopappas said Cyprus and Greece have been at the crossroad of trade between Africa, the Middle East, and Europe since ancient times.

“Our ambition is for Hellas Sat to play this role. To be the window and step of the Middle East and Africa to Europe.”

According to the head of programming at the company Kendeas Karantonis the satellite will take 45 minutes after launching to reach it position.

Once in space, he said that the satellite will be controlled by 35 engineers in Greece and Cyprus.

Before the launch, the transport minister said she will visit the launchpad, and that she will be pre-sent for the countdown and launch.

“The launch of a satellite is a unique sight. It is a large step for Hellas Sat and for Cyprus,” she said.

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