Indra signs for terrestrial control of Amazonas 4A

Iñaki Ferreras | 11-01-2013

Spain's satellite company Grupo Hispasat has signed a contract with the Indra to give it control of the terrestrial segment of the operator's new satellite Amazonas 4A to be launched next year.

The terrestrial segment is made of elements allowing the operation and control of the satellites from its launch into orbit until the end of its life – normally 15 years. It consists of terrestrial stations, base band equipment and communication equipment.

The contract with Indra includes the distribution of the necessary new equipment for the control of the Amazonas 4A, validation tests, and engineering support for the next six months. It also includes support during the launch phases and orbit tests.

The main control centres of Grupo Hispasat are based in Arganda del Rey (Madrid), Río de Janeiro (Brazil) and the Canary Islands (Spain). The Rio de Janeiro centre is in charge of the control of the Amazonas satellite fleet placed at 61º West.

Amazonas is a satellite fleet which serves the Latin American region.