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Broadband satellite jumps rocket
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Written by Danrok   
Thursday, 23 July 2009 10:06

From BBC:

The UK Hylas spacecraft, which aims to help bridge the "digital divide" by supplying space-borne broadband net access, is switching rockets.

Its owner, Avanti Communications, signed a contract on Wednesday with Arianespace to use one of its launchers - either an Ariane 5 or a Soyuz.

Hylas will provide 2Mbs net connections to rural and other areas where terrestrial broadband is unobtainable.

The satellite was due to be launched on a novel US rocket known as a Falcon 9.

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