US start-up company shoots for the stars

30 Sep 2010

A California tech start-up company will be supplying key technology for a $435m (€320m) communications satellite that will beam wireless broadband to Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA).

Test and measurement business SenarioTek, based in Santa Rosa, California, US, secured the contract in an open bid competition that was open to several larger rivals, to work on the Orbital Sciences Corporation satellite.

Key factors in winning the contract for SenarioTek were cost, innovation and reliability and their technical experience, according to Orbital Science Corporation.


“SenarioTek offered orbital an innovative solution that allowed us to meet the Hylas 2 program requirements, improve performance and leverage our existing payload test system investment”, said Dave DeTroye, Orbital Science Corporation’s manager of RF test and integration.

SenarioTek, formed six years ago, must have Hylas 2 ready for the scheduled launch in 2012.

The solar-powered spacecraft will be operated by Avanti Communications Group, and will triple the capacity of Avanti’s existing satellite, delivering high-speed data for corporate networking, broadband internet access, and other services.