11th Hispasat satellite put into orbit
Carried into space by a Proton Breeze M rocket from International Launch Services (ILS), the new satellite has the mission to expand telecommunications services – TV and telephone networks – in Central and South America.
A high-capacity satellite, the Amazonas 5 – 9.9 kilowatts, 15-year lifespan – was built on an SSL 1300 modular platform.
After being tested for several weeks, the Amazonas 5 will be placed on the 61º W geostationary orbit, some 36,000km above the Earth.
From its position, the new satellite from Hispasat will play a key role in the growth of 4K TV in the region and enable efficient, competitive satellite Internet access. It has the capacity required to provide backhaul to deploy 3G, LTE and 5G mobile broadband technologies.
Tribute to first Hispasat
The Amazonas 5 was launched on 11 September to commemorate the launch of Hispasat 30W-1 (Hispasat 1A), the first Spanish telecom satellite, from French Guiana on this day 25 years ago.