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Greece joins space club

Greece has joined the world's list of countries with an immediate interest in space with the launch of its first telecommunications satellite, Hellas Sat 2.

The project was a joint initiative between Greece and Cyprus, and constitutes one of the most advanced telecommunicatio...
Greece joins space club
Greece has joined the world's list of countries with an immediate interest in space with the launch of its first telecommunications satellite, Hellas Sat 2.

The project was a joint initiative between Greece and Cyprus, and constitutes one of the most advanced telecommunications satellites. The Eurostar E2000+ model was built by the French company Astrium, and will provide broadcast services such as satellite Internet, voice and video services, digital satellite television broadcasting and interactive services.

In a joint statement, Greek Minister for Transport and Communications, Christos Verelis, and Cypriot Minister for Communications and Works, Kikis Kazamias, outlined the importance of the project for Greece, Cyprus, and the rest of Europe: 'The launching of Hellas Sat signals a new era for Greece and Cyprus in the telecommunications sector [...]. The political and economic significance is evident for both countries. Hellas Sat, whose launching coincides with Cyprus becoming a member of the EU, will cover the telecommunication needs of Greece, Cyprus and 25 other countries of the region.'

The satellite is fully operational, and is already addressing the telecommunications needs of ministries, public services, universities, research centres and telecom organisations in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and South Eastern and Central Asia. Orbiting 36,000 km above the Earth's surface, over the Equator and specifically, the area of Kenya, it will remain active for at least 15 years, and possibly longer due to the successful launch that resulted in significant fuel savings.

Source: Greek Government

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