Amazonas 3 satellite set for Euro-LATAM coverage

Gabriel Miramar-Garcia | 15-01-2013

The Amazonas 3 multi-mission satellite, which includes the first Ka-band payload for broadband service in Latin America, is ready to blast off.

Designed and built by Space Systems/Loral (SSL) for HISPASAT Group, Amazonas 3 has arrived at the European Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, where it will be launched aboard an Ariane 5 launch vehicle by Arianespace.

Amazonas 3 is designed to provide a wide range of telecommunications services including direct-to-home television (DTH), corporate fixed and mobile telephone networks, and broadband in the Americas, Europe, and North Africa. When launched, the satellite will be positioned at the orbital location of 61 degrees West longitude.

"With the early delivery of Amazonas 3, SSL has helped bring Hispasat closer to its goal of providing the main communications bridge between the European and American continents," said Carlos Espinůs, CEO at HISPASAT. "When launched, the satellite will bring great opportunity for innovation and growth in Latin America with its broadband payload."

Amazonas 3 has 33 Ku-band and 19 C-band transponders, and 9 Ka-band spot beams. The satellite is based on the SSL 1300 space platform, which can support a broad range of applications and technology advances. The spacecraft is designed to deliver service for 15 years or more.

"HISPASAT and SSL share a commitment to expanding communications access around the world," said John Celli, president of SSL. "We have been gratified to work with Hispasat to build Amazonas 3, which is a complex, multi-mission satellite that will help open the door to the world of interactive services and multimedia applications via satellite in regions of economic growth and development."