Hispasat, a Spanish satellite company, has announced that the new satellite called Amazonas Nexus will be launched into space in 2022. It will provide services for audiovisual transmissions in Ku band, among other capabilities. It will replace Amazonas 2 at 61° west and will cover the entire American continent, including Greenland, and the North Atlantic Ocean. In this way, Hispasat “strengthens its commitment to the American continent”, which accounts for over 65% of its income.
The satellite will be built by Thales Alenia Space, a joint venture between Thales and Leonardo companies. Its expected lifetime is 15 years.
“The new High Throughput Satellite will enable Hispasat to access new customers and markets, by delivering high capacity mobility services to the air and maritime transport sectors, among others. In addition, it will continue the provision of services to the current Hispasat customers that use the capacities of Amazonas 2,” according to a press release delivered by the company.
The press release further explains that the Amazonas Nexus will have a new generation digital transparent processor, “a technological breakthrough that is essential to increase the geographical flexibility of the mission to respond to eventual evolutions with respect to the initially envisaged commercial scenario”.