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September 12, 2017 - Hispasat, the Spanish satellite and telecommunications operator, successfully launched its eleventh satellite, Amazonas 5, at 21:23 last night, Spanish time, from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, on-board the Proton Breeze M launch vehicle of the International Launch Services (ILS) company.
Approximately 9 hours and 12 minutes after rocket lift-off, the Amazonas 5 satellite separated from the launch vehicle, at which point it was started up and the solar panels were deployed.
From that moment on, manoeuvres began in order to position the new satellite at the geostationary orbit point where the test phase will be carried out to make sure it is working properly, which is scheduled to last several weeks. Once the tests are passed, the satellite will be placed in its definitive orbital position at 61º West. The satellite will be operated by the Brazilian subsidiary of the company, Hispamar.
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. The flexibility offered by Amazonas 5 and its large technological capacity allow it to offer a wide range of communication services.
Its 24 transponders in the Ku band, with coverage of Central and South America, provide high-performance direct-to-home television (DTH) services. The Amazonas 5 will enable the television service providers that operate with HISPASAT to transmit 500 new channels, which will consolidate 61º West as the leading position for the broadcast of these services in Latin America. This satellite will also be key for promoting 4K TV in the region.
It also has 34 spots in the Ka band to provide connectivity services to more than a half a million people in several of the main countries in Central and South America.Furthermore, the Amazonas 5 will offer efficient and competitive 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.
HISPASAT is comprised of companies that have a presence in Spain as well as in Latin America, where its Brazilian affiliate HISPAMAR is based. HISPASAT is a world leader in the distribution and broadcasting of Spanish and Portuguese content, and its satellite fleet is used by important direct-to-home television (DTH) and high-definition television (HDTV) digital platforms. HISPASAT also provides satellite broadband services and other added value solutions to governments, corporations and telecommunication operators in America, Europe and North Africa. HISPASAT is one of the world's largest companies in its sector in terms of revenue, and the main communications bridge between Europe and the Americas.