Hispasat has chosen Space Systems/Loral (SSL) to produce the Hispasat 1F, to be located at orbital position 30 degrees West.

The Hispasat 1F will serve as a replacement for the Hispasat 1D and will give the group additional Ku band capacity, in the Andean region and in Brazil.

Likewise, the Hispasat 1F will expand the Group’s transatlantic capacity in Europe-America and America-Europe connectivity. Ka band capacity with European coverage will furthermore be incorporated, in order to enable Hispasat to continue expanding its broadband service offer in the region.

The Hispasat 1F is expected to have a useful life of 15 years. The satellite will be built on the SSL 1300 satellite platform, with 11.5 kW power and a multi-mission payload.

There will be 48 Ku band transponders on board, which serve three coverage areas: 1)Europe and North Africa, with coverage on the Iberian Peninsula, the Balearic Islands, the Canary Islands, the Azores, Cape Verde and Madeira; Mauritius, Morocco, Mediterranean countries in North West Africa and the large part of the European continent visible from 30º West; 2) The Americas, with coverage from Canada to Patagonia, not including Brazil, and 3) South America, with coverage over the large part of the continent, especially in Brazil.

There will also be 6 Ka band beams, with coverage on the Iberian Peninsula, the Balearic and Canary Islands, North West Africa and South East and Central Europe; and one Ka BSS band beam, with coverage centred in the Iberian Peninsula.

For coverage centred in Brazil tghere will be one C band beam.

John Celli, president of SSL, confirmed that “Hispasat 1F is the third satellite that SSL will build for Hispasat and we are pleased to welcome our colleagues back to our facility. Our companies share a focus on quality, reliability and value and we look forward to teaming together again to build an outstanding satellite”.