Amazonas-5 to launch Sept 11

Russia’s space agency Roscosmos says that Madrid-based Hispasat’s Amazonas-5 satellite will launch from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on September 11th, weather permitting.

The launch, as usual, will be handled by International Launch Services (ILS) using a Proton/Briz-M rocket combination. The satellite arrived at the launch site on August 10th.

The satellite has been built by Space Systems/Loral and will be located at 61 degrees West in order to serve Latin America and in particular Brazil. It will carry 24 Ku-band transponders and 35 Ka-Band spot beams, and have a design life of more than 15 years.

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