Hispasat ready to launch Amazonas 4A

Juan Fernandez Gonzalez | 07-02-2014

The new Hispasat Amazonas satellite has been delivered to the space centre in Kourou, French Guyana, and will be ready to launch on 7 March.

After successfully passing the tests carried at the Orbital Sciences Corporation in Dulles, Virginia, the Amazonas 4A was moved to Kourou, where final testing will be undertaken and the satellite will be attached to an Ariane 5 ECA rocket.

The satellite has 24 Ku-band transponders, two antennas and position control to improve the signal's precision. The device is 23 metres wide, 4.7 metres high and weighs three tonnes.

The Amazonas 4A will be placed in a geostationary orbit 61 West and will cover the whole South American region, from Venezuela and Colombia to Argentina and Chile, aiming to increase the support of satellite audiovisual services in the region.

Hispasat has twice postponed the launch due to the short construction time allotted by the company (18 months), the last scheduled date being in December.

Hispasat, which is now controlled by the Spanish telco Abertis, intends to intensify its presence in Latin America, which is why it's so important to have the whole Amazonas network working. Its network currently offers Internet and TV services to over five million homes in Latin America, one million in Portugal and 200,000 in Spain.