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TMCNet:  SSL launches new multi-mission satellite

[February 21, 2013]

SSL launches new multi-mission satellite

Feb 21, 2013 (Datamonitor via COMTEX) -- Space Systems/Loral, or SSL, a provider of commercial satellites, has announced the launch of the Amazonas 3 multi-mission satellite, designed and built for HISPASAT Group.

The satellite deployed its solar arrays on schedule following its launch aboard an Ariane 5 launch vehicle provided by Arianespace from the European Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana. The satellite has begun firing its main thruster to complete its journey to geostationary orbit.

"It has been a privilege to work closely with our colleagues at HISPASAT and to see the successful launch of this important satellite," said John Celli, president of SSL. "I would like to thank everyone at HISPASAT, Arianespace, and SSL for their hard work and dedication to making this satellite program a success." Amazonas 3 is a multi-mission satellite that includes the first Ka-band payload for broadband service in Latin America. It will provide a range of telecommunications services including direct-to-home television (DTH), corporate fixed and mobile telephone networks, and broadband in the Americas, Europe, and North Africa. The satellite, which will be positioned at 61 degrees West longitude, has 33 Ku-band and 19 C-band transponders, and nine Ka-band spot beams.

"We are very pleased with SSL's strong execution on the satellite program and early delivery of Amazonas 3," said Carlos Espinos, CEO of HISPASAT. "Once in service, it will help us expand our services and meet the growing demand for telecommunications services around the world." Republication or redistribution, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited without prior written consent. Datamonitor shall not be liable for errors or delays in the content, or for any actions taken in reliance thereon

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