The launch of the new Hellas Sat 5 satellite at the end of 2025 and at the beginning of 2026


The launch will take place on a European rocket carrier, the new Ariane 6, until the beginning of 2026, while the satellite itself will be manufactured in Europe.

The implementation of the next Hellas Sat satellite enters a new phase. “Hellas Sat 5 will be one of the most innovative satellites in the world,” Hellas Sat CEO Christodoulos Protopapas told the Athenian-Macedonian News Agency radio station “Agency 104.9FM”, clarifying that, according to the plan, the new Hellas Sat 5 is expected to launch in late 2025 or early 2026 at the latest.

The proposal that has been submitted to the European Space Agency for the use of optical telecommunications in Space combined with a series of new technologies, which will carry the space vehicle of the next Hellas Sat, as he added, “will make it technologically leading”, capable of super fast data transmission.

“In Europe there is a program specifically for optical communications and in the next few days the Ministerial Conference of the European Space Agency will take place, where it will be decided whether the European Space Agency (ESA) will proceed with a specific optical telecommunications program, a program that we aspire to will proceed. If this happens we will do it in collaboration with ESA, but if it does not go ahead we will invest in collaboration with manufacturers in this technology for Hellas Sat 5 ourselves. In any case, it is a new innovative satellite, with a budget of 200 million euros, based on the initial estimate”, explained Mr. Protopapas, who emphasized that Hellas Sat is in very close and harmonious cooperation with the Greek government for the development of the new construction and operation of the next satellite.

On the final stretch for the launch of Hellas Sat 5

Mr. Protopapas explained that from the moment, within the next period, the decision is made either for cooperation with ESA, or for the autonomous construction of the new satellite by Hellas Sat, it will take “about 25 to 30 months to the construction of the satellite, construction that will be done with work 24 hours a day”.

The launch will take place on a European rocket carrier, the new Ariane 6, until the beginning of 2026, while the satellite itself will be manufactured in Europe.

“Once it’s up and running, we’re hoping it will use these very fast laser telecommunications. This means that at the moment when there will be a complete destruction of telecommunications, we could connect two points on earth with very high speeds that will reach 200Gbit”, explained Mr. Protopapas. He mentioned that already today the satellite communications with Hellas Sat 3 and 4 give Greece such solutions, since for some years the Governmental Satellite Communications (GOVSATCOM) system, “which Greece has earlier than many European countries”, gives at critical times great possibilities of secure satellite communication for state, governmental needs.

Space Cybersecurity in the foreground

Mr. Protopapas added that Hellas Sat is expanding its operations in Greece and Cyprus to new innovative technologies including “the new, very important need of Space Cyber ​​Security that is emerging in the modern era, so that they operate with safety of artificial space bodies”, as emphasized by the CEO of Hellas Sat. He also noted that decisions have been made to expand and enrich the operations of Hellas Sat in Greece and Cyprus by making a series of investments in new technological areas of Data Centers, Cloud Services, satellite remote sensing, internet television services (OTT) and Space Cybersecurity.

“Hellas Sat, since its establishment until today, has attracted more than 700 million euros in investments in Greece and Cyprus, and continuing its upward trajectory will offer from its facilities in Koropi and Kofinou to its dozens of customers in Europe, the Middle East and South Africa, a new range of innovative products and services, such as data centers, cloud services, OTT web content and space cyber security, strengthening the strategic position of Greece and Cyprus in the international space ecosystem”, added the CEO of Hellas Sat .

Finally, as humanity begins its new journey “From the Earth to the Moon” with the Gateway Space Station, Mr. Protopapas added that the space in which Hellas Sat 5 will be launched “will coincide with the era in which it will be built and the International Space Station to orbit the Moon” and the new Hellas Sat “will provide optical, laser-based telecommunications to the Gateway from the Greek orbital position.”

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