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December 5th, 2014

The SSL Build For HISPASAT's Amazonas-5 Cemented Into Place

[SatNews] Space Systems/Loral (SSL) has been selected to provide a multi-mission communications satellite to Spanish satellite operator HISPASAT Group.

Artistic rendition—Amazonas 5.

The satellite, Amazonas 5, will be used for a broad range of services in Latin America. With a high throughput Ka-band spot beam payload, the satellite will be used for broadband service in South America, Central America and Mexico.  Amazonas 5 will also have a Ku-band beam for fixed satellite services, which will be used for television, corporate networks and other telecommunications applications in South America and Central America. Amazonas 5 is based on the SSL 1300 platform that provides the flexibility for a broad range of applications and technology advances. Scheduled for launch in 2017, the satellite is designed to deliver service for 15 years or longer.
John Celli, president of SSL, said. “Amazonas 5 is the fourth satellite that we will build for HISPASAT, with two currently on orbit and another in backlog. 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.”

Carlos Espinós, chief executive officer of HISPASAT, said, “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.”

For additional information regarding SSL, please visit http://sslmda.com/

The HISPASAT infosite is reachable at http://www.hispasat.com/