SSL-built multi-mission satellite for HISPASAT Group successfully launched, begins post-launch maneuvers

SSL-built multi-mission satellite for HISPASAT Group successfully launched, 
begins post-launch maneuvers 
PALO ALTO, CA, Feb. 11, 2013 /CNW/ - Space Systems/Loral (SSL), a leading 
provider of commercial satellites, today announced that the Amazonas 3 
multi-mission satellite, designed and built for HISPASAT Group, was launched 
on February 7, 2013 and is successfully performing post-launch maneuvers 
according to plan. 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 
Amazonas 3 is a multi-mission satellite that includes the first Ka-band 
payload for broadband service in Latin America. It will provide a wide 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 Espinós, chief executive officer 
of HISPASAT. "Once in service, it will help us expand our services and meet 
the growing demand for telecommunications services around the world." 
The satellite is based on the highly reliable SSL 1300 space-proven platform, 
which provides the flexibility to support a broad range of applications and 
technology advances. The spacecraft is designed to deliver service for 15 
years or more. With this launch, there are 71 SSL-built satellites currently 
on orbit. 
About the HISPASAT Group 
The HISPASAT Group is comprised of companies with a presence in Spain as well 
as in Latin America, where its Brazilian affiliate HISPAMAR operates the 
Amazonas fleet of satellites. The Group is the leader in the broadcast and 
distribution of content in Spanish and Portuguese, including the transmission 
of important Direct to Home (DTH) and High Definition Television digital 
platforms. HISPASAT is one of the most important companies in its sector in 
the world by revenue and the main communications bridge between Europe and 
About SSL 
SSL, a subsidiary of MDA, has a long history of delivering reliable satellites 
and spacecraft systems for commercial and government customers around the 
world. As the world's leading provider of commercial satellites, the company 
works closely with satellite operators to provide spacecraft for a broad range 
of services including television and radio distribution, digital audio radio, 
broadband Internet, and mobile communications. Billions of people around the 
world depend on SSL satellites every day. For more information, visit 
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potential. In addition, the Company conducts a significant amount of advanced 
technology development. 
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