Hispasat taps SSL to build Amazonas 5

DetailsJuan Fernandez Gonzalez | 08 December 2014

In order to continue increasing telecom and broadcasting capacity in Latin America, Hispasat has appointed Space Systems Loral (SSL) to build the Amazonas 5, a new satellite which is to join the Amazonas family by 2017 and provide a wide range of telecom services in the region.

amazonasThis new satellite constitutes an expansion of the Amazonas 4B project, to which the full capacity of the Amazonas 4A was added. Following the latest launches, the Hispasat Group completes its capacity offer and will also have additional capacity in Latin America, a region with a great demand for satellite services.

Amazonas 5 has a Ku-band beam for fixed satellite services, which will be used for television, corporate networks and other telecommunications applications, as well as a high throughput Ka-band spot beam payload, which will be used for broadband service in South America, Central America and Mexico.

"We are very happy to team with SSL on Amazonas 5," said Carlos Espinós, chief executive officer of Hispasat. "As the leader in commercial satellite manufacturing, SSL is well positioned to support our current innovation and expansion initiatives by providing us with an outstanding satellite."

"Amazonas 5 is the fourth satellite that we will build for Hispasat, with two currently on orbit and another in backlog," added John Celli, president of SSL. "We look forward to continued teamwork on this high performance satellite that will help Hispasat broaden the availability of high quality communications in Latin America."

The Amazonas 5 is based on SSL's 1300 platform, which provides the flexibility needed to be able to house a wide range of payloads for commercial communications satellites. Due to be launched in 2017, the Amazonas 5 is designed to deliver service for 15 years or longer and will be designed, manufactured and tested at the SSL facilities in Palo Alto, California.