11th Hispasat satellite put into orbit

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11th Hispasat satellite put into orbit

The Amazonas 5 will be in operation for 15 years. Photo: Hispasat.
The Amazonas 5 will be in operation for 15 years. Photo: Hispasat.

On 11 September, Spain’s telecommunications satellite operator Hispasat launched its 11th satellite, Amazonas 5, from Baikonur Cosmodrome, located in Kazakhstan.

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.

The Amazonas 5 was built by Space Systems Loral (SSL) in Palo Alto, California (USA), and will be operated by Hispamar, Hispasat’s affiliate in Brazil.

Other Spanish companies that took part in the satellite’s design and development include Thales Alenia Space España, Airbus Defence & Space, TRYO, DAS Photonics, IberEspacio, GMV and Indra.

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.