Spain's satellite operator Hispasat has begun the development, validation and launch into orbit of an innovative platform for a reduced size geostationary satellite.

The new AG1 satellite was presented at the International Aeronautics and Space Exhibition, taking place in Paris-Le Bourget 2011. The new mission is thought to be one of the most avant-garde missions promoted by the European Space Agency (ESA).

Petra Mateos, Hispasat's president, emphasised that "the new satellite will allow the company to consolidate its position in the regenerative digital onboard processing arena, while at the same time represents a new example of commitment of Hispasat to contribute to the development of advances in the space telecommunications sector.

"The Hispasat 1G includes REDSAT onboard processing payload that will allow the company to use the satellite's power in a more agile and efficient way, substantially increasing its transmission capacity with the subsequent reduction in communications costs".

During the past few months intensive activity has been carried out in the design of different equipments and sub-systems of the AG1 satellite, and nowadays, the Spanish operator works in its critical review to close its definitive configuration.

Hispasat in its capacity of an enabling and operating company for the aerospace industry is committed to working with international companies such as OHB, TESAT, Thales Alenia Space Spain and Astrium CASA ESPACIO. The programme includes the development of an advance regenerative payload, REDSAT, with active antennas and onboard processing capacity, promoted by CDTI. The purpose of this is to prepare the industry for future multimedia communication satellites and so to adapt the coverage and the orbit capacity in the emerging multimedia market.