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Amazonas 1 → Hispasat 55W-1

Amazonas 1 [Astrium]

The Amazonas 1 Latin American satellite, launched in the summer of 2004, is the fifth and most powerful satellite launched by the Spanish telecommunications satellite organization Hispasat so far. It provides a full range of both fixed and broadcast communications services, including TV broadcasting, business services, VSAT and data broadcasting, to the whole of the American continent, together with a transatlantic link for Europe and North Africa, over a 15-year mission lifetime.

Prime contractor, Astrium designed and built the spacecraft and supplied both the platform (based on the Eurostar-3000S version of the company's Eurostar series) and the payload.

Amazonas has lost pressure in one of two oxidizer tanks on the spacecraft. If the problem is not corrected, it could reduce the amount of propellant available for stationkeeping operations, which in turn would reduce the 15-year operational lifetime of the spacecraft. Amazonas has reached its position in geosynchronous orbit at 61 degrees west and is expected to enter commercial service in mid-September despite the propellant problem.

In March 2016, Hispasat announced, that Amazonas 1 will be renamed Hispasat 55W-1.

Nation: Spain
Type / Application: Communication
Operator: Hispasat
Contractors: Astrium
Equipment: 36 Ku-band transponders, 27 C-band transponders
Configuration: Eurostar-3000S
Propulsion: ?
Power: 2 deployable solar arrays, batteries
Lifetime: 15 years
Mass: 4545 kg
Orbit: GEO
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
Amazonas 1 → Hispasat 55W-1 2004-031A 04.08.2004 Ba LC-200/39 Proton-M Briz-M (Ph.1)
Further Amazonas missions:
Further Hispasat missions: