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February 5th, 2014

HISPASAT—Arrival In Kourou For AMAZONAS-4 (Satellite—Launch Preparations)

[SatNews] The HISPASAT Group’s Amazonas 4A satellite was successfully flown via a Boeing 747 to the European Space Agency’s launch site in Kourou, French Guiana.

The move came after all tests were carried out satisfactorily and the manufacturing process at the Orbital Sciences Corporation’s facilities in Dulles (Virginia) was completed. Final tests will be conducted in Kourou before the satellite is launched aboard a rocket, tentatively on 7 March.

The Amazonas 4A will be the 11th satellite placed into orbit by the HISPASAT Group and the satellite will be launched by Arianespace aboard an Ariane 5 ECA rocket. The satellite has a launch mass of approximately three tons and is 23m wide and 4.7m tall. Amazonas 4A packs 24 Ku-band transponders, two deployable reflectors and 3-axis attitude control, ensuring high precision in positioning.

From its 61 degrees West orbital position, Amazonas 4A will expand the range of audiovisual services available in Latin America.