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Spanish satellite operator Hispasat has successfully launched its eleventh satellite, Amazonas 5, from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

amazonas 5 lanzamiento 13 september 2017The satellite aims to boost TV broadcasts across Latin America and become a cornerstone of 4K direct-to-home (DTH) television, as it supports the broadcast of over 500 video channels

Initially on board the Proton Breeze M launch vehicle of the International Launch Services (ILS), the satellite is now manoeuvring to reach the geostationary orbit point where the test phase will be carried out.

After the tests, the satellite, which will be operated by Hispasat’s Brazilian subsidiary Hispamar, will be placed in its definitive orbital position at 61° West.

“This new satellite implies the reaffirmation of the company’s international vocation and, specifically, of our commitment to the Latin American market,” said Carlos Espinós, CEO of Hispasat. “We have designed a satellite completely dedicated to Latin America and adapted to this market’s demands, both for the audiovisual sector as well as to offer connectivity solutions in residential, corporate and mobility segments.”

The Amazonas 5 is based on Space Systems Loral’s (SSL) 1300 platform and has a power of 9.9 kilowatts and an estimated useful life of 15 years. Its 24 transponders in the Ku band, with coverage of Central and South America, provide high performance direct-to-home (DTH) television services.

It also has 34 spots in the Ka band to provide connectivity services to more than a half a million people in several countries in Central and South America. Furthermore, the Amazonas 5 will offer satellite Internet services to the operators in the region, as well as transportation or backhaul services to provide their 3G, LTE and even 5G cellular networks.

The satellite was built in SSL’s installations in Palo Alto, California. The project participants were Thales Alenia Space Spain, Airbus Defence & Space, TRYO, DAS Photonics, Iberespacio, GMV and INDRA.