Hispasat says Amazonas 3 satellite will launch commercially in April

21 Mar 2013

NexTV LatAm daily news reports that Spanish-based company Hispasat has successfully launched its tenth satellite, Amazonas 3, noting that the orbiter is currently in the trial stage but will begin delivering commercial services from April 2013. Hispasat’s new satellite is designed to strengthen the firm’s presence in the region – and specifically Brazil, as the country ramps up efforts to host the FIFA football World Cup in 2014 and the Olympic Games in 2016.

Amazonas 3 was deployed via the Ariane 5 rocket, from the European Space Agency of Jourou, in French Guyana; it is operated by the Brazilian affiliate Hispamar Satellites. The new satellite employs 52 simultaneous transponders, 33 in Ku-Band, 19 in C-Band and nine spot beams in Ka-Band, and will be used to deliver multimedia services in Latin America, in particular satellite broadband internet services and HD DTT channel broadcasting.