Hellas-Sat



Hellas-Sat Consortium Ltd. (Hellas-Sat) is the owner and a wholesaler of capacity and services of the Greek/Cypriot Hellas-Sat-2 satellite which was launched successfully on 13 May, 2003 to the 39°E orbital position in the Geostationary Satellite Orbit. The Hellas-Sat-2 satellite is controlled via two proprietary TT&C stations located in Greece and Cyprus. In 2013 Hellas-Sat was acquired by Arabsat.

Hellas-Sat has developed a network of strategically located teleport partners with DVB platforms, carrying over 100 television channels, and IP-based services through its two fixed beams over Europe, and two steerable beams over the Middle East and South Africa. It offers high-power, direct-to-home transmissions as well as occasional video feeds and Internet access services.



History


HellasSat was founded in 2001 and is a subsidiary of Hellenic Telecommunications Organization (OTE S.A.), the biggest telecommunications provider in southeastern Europe.

On May 13th 2003 Hellas-Sat 2 satellite was launched and has an expected lifetime of 15 years.

In February 2013 Saudi Arabia based Arabsat purchased a 99% stake in HellasSat from OTE for 208 million plus 7 million euros in dividends. HellasSat was Arabsat’s first major acquisition.



References:

www.hellas-sat.net
www.wikipedia.com
www.arabat.com
www.ote.gr
www.space.skyrocket.de
www.defense-aerospace.com (Source: Astrium; issued May 9, 2003)



Satellite(s) 

HellasSat-2 (Intelsat K-TV, NSS K-TV)

Orbital Position: 39° E
Manufacturer: Thales Alenia Space
Launch date: 13 May 2003
Launch Operator: United Launch Alliance (ULA)
Launch vehicle: Atlas V
Expected lifetime: 15 years

Youtube: Watch the HellasSat-2 satellite launch!

HellasSat-3 (EuropaSat)

Orbital Position: 39° E
Manufacturer: Thales Alenia Space
Launch date: Q1 2017 (estimated)
Launch Operator: International Launch Services (ILS)
Launch vehicle: Proton M
Expected lifetime: 15 years

Note: EuropaSat satellite is a joint venture between Inmarsat and HellasSat and will replace HellasSat-2. 

HellasSat-4 (SaudiGeoSat-1)

Orbital Position: 39° E
Manufacturer: Lockheed Martin Space Systems
Launch date: 2017 (estimated)
Launch Operator: TBD
Launch vehicle: TBD
Expected lifetime: 15 years

Note: Arabsat (HellasSat owner) and KACST (King Abdulaziz City for Sciences & Technology) announced in April 2015 the built of two satellites, the Arabsat-6A and the HellasSat-4. The built has been assigned to Lockheed Martin.