HispaSat



HispaSat, S.A (Hispanic Satellite) is the Spanish satellite operator for the satellites that cover the Americas, Europe and North Africa from orbital positions 30° West and 61° West. Hispasat's fleet of satellites broadcast more than 1,250 television channels and radio stations to more than 30 million homes, as well as providing services for broadband to mobile telephones and landlines.




History


HispaSat was founded in 1989 and has had a high strategic value both for the Spanish government and for system users.  The first HispaSat satellite, launched on September 11th, 1992 was Hispasat-1A The Ariane 4 rocket launched the satellite from the Guyana Space Centre near Kourou in French Guyana. It was put into geostationary orbit at 30° west at a height of 36,000 Km, which is the location of all their subsequent satellites serving Spain and Europe.

The Amazonas satellites (61º West) were inaugurated in 2004 with the launch of Amazonas-1, which serves the American market (mainly Latin America). Amazonas-2 was launched on 1 October 2009 and Amazonas-3 on 7 February 2013 and replacing Amazonas-1, which was moved to a new position at 36º West in September 2013. Amazonas-4A was launched on 22 March 2014. This fleet of satellites will be augmented with Amazonas-4B in 2015. A fifth generation of this satellite series, Amazonas-5, is scheduled for launching in 2017. The development of Amzonas-5 has been awarded to Space Systems/Loral.



Corporate structure and shareholders

The HispaSat Group is formed of Hispasat SA, its subsidiaries Hispasat Canarias, Hispamar Satellites (a joint venture with the Brazilian telephone operator Oi), Hispasat Brazil and associated companies Hisdesat Strategic Services and Galileo Systems and Services.

The range of Hispasat shareholders demonstrate the company's strategic nature both for the government and the Spanish telecommunications market. In 2012 Hispasat's shareholders included representatives from the Spanish public sector, State Industrial Holding Company (SEPI) with 7.41%, and the Centre for the Development of Industrial Technology (CDTI) with 1.85%, and Eutelsat with 33.6% and Abertis with 40.6%.

On Feb 21st 2012, the press was informed that Telefónica would sell Abertis its shares in HispaSat, and the Spanish government authorized the sale in December 2012.

Albertis: 57,05%
Eutelsat: 33,69%
Spanish State: 9,26%



Renaming Satellites

In March 2016 HispaSat redefined the designation system for its satellite fleet to maintain designation coherency as the operator’s fleet is growing.

From this point on, satellites will use HispaSat as their primary name, to which complementary information will be added in reference to each satellite’s orbital position and their order of arrival. Hence, when a satellite changes its location, its designation will also change, adapting it to the satellite’s new orbital position.

HispaSat’s Amazonas satellites will keep their designation since they are fully established on the market with this name. However, HispaSat is using this change to reduce the designation Amazonas 4A to Amazonas 4, given the restructuring of the Amazonas 4B project into Amazonas 5.

For HispaSat capacity onboard other satellites, such as with Intelsat-34, these satellites will also be re-designated in accordance with this new criterion, provided authorization is granted by that operator.





References:


www.wikipedia.com
www.hispasat.com
www.satbeams.com
www.spacevids.tv
www.broadbandtvnews.com  edition March 1st, 2016



Satellites

Hispasat-1A

Orbital Position: -
Manufacturer: Matra Marconi Space (Airbus Defense & Space)
Launch date: 11 Sept 1992
Launch Operator: Arianespace S.A.
Launch vehicle: Ariane 4
Expected lifetime: 10 years 

Note: Satellite was retired in 2003.

Hispasat-1B

Orbital Position: -
Manufacturer: Matra Marconi Space (Airbus Defense & Space)
Launch date: 22 July 1993
Launch Operator: Arianespace S.A.
Launch vehicle: Ariane 4
Expected lifetime:

Note: Satellite was retired in 2003.

Hispasat 84W-1 (H84W-1, Hispasat-1C, DFS-3)

Orbital Position: 84° W
Manufacturer: Alcatel Space (Thales Alenia Space)
Launch date: 03 Feb 2000
Launch Operator: Lockheed Martin (United Launch Alliance)
Launch vehicle: Atlas IIAS
Expected lifetime: 15 years

Note: In March 2016 HispaSat redefined the designation system for its satellite fleet to maintain designation coherency as the operator’s fleet is growing. Hispasat-1C was renamed into Hispasat 84W-1.

Hispasat 30W-4 (H30W-4, Hispasat-1D)

Orbital Position: 30° W
Manufacturer: Alcatel Space (Thales Alenia Space)
Launch date: 18 Sept 2002
Launch Operator: Lockheed Martin (United Launch Alliance)
Launch vehicle: Atlas IIAS
Expected lifetime: 15 years

Note: Hispasat-1D replaced Hispasat-1A. In March 2016 HispaSat redefined the designation system for its satellite fleet to maintain designation coherency as the operator’s fleet is growing. Hispasat-1D was renamed into Hispasat 30W-4.

Youtube: Watch the Hispasat-1D satellite launch!

HispaSat 55W-1 (Amazonas-1)

Orbital Position: 55° W
Manufacturer: EADS Astrium (Airbus Defense & Space)
Launch date: 05 Aug 2004
Launch Operator: International Launch Services (ILS)
Launch vehicle: Proton M
Expected lifetime: 15 years

Note: In March 2016 HispaSat redefined the designation system for its satellite fleet to maintain designation coherency as the operator’s fleet is growing. Amazonas-1 was renamed into Hispasat 55W-1. 

Amazonas-2 (AMZ2)

Orbital Position: 61° W
Manufacturer: EADS Astrium (Airbus Defense & Space)
Launch date: 01 Oct 2009
Launch Operator: Arianespace S.A.
Launch vehicle: Ariane 5ECA
Expected lifetime: 15 years

Youtube: Watch the Amazonas-2 satellite launch!

Hispasat 30W-5 (H30W-5, Hispasat-1E)

Orbital Position: 30° W
Manufacturer: Alcatel Space (Thales Alenia Space)
Launch date: 29 Dec 2010
Launch Operator: Arianespace S.A.
Launch vehicle: Ariane 5ECA
Expected lifetime: 15 years

Note: Replacing Hispasat-1B. In March 2016 HispaSat redefined the designation system for its satellite fleet to maintain designation coherency as the operator’s fleet is growing. Hispasat-1E was renamed into Hispasat 30W-5.

Youtube: Watch the Hispasat-1E satellite launch!

Amazonas-3 (AMZ3)

Orbital Position: 61° W
Manufacturer: Space Systems/Loral
Launch date: 07 Feb 2013
Launch Operator: Arianespace S.A.
Launch vehicle: Ariane 5ECA
Expected lifetime: 15 years

Youtube: Watch the Amazonas-3 satellite launch!

Amazonas-4 (AMZ4, Amazonas-4A)

Orbital Position: 61° W
Manufacturer: Orbital Science Corp. (Oribital ATK, Inc.)
Launch date: 22 Mar 2014
Launch Operator: Arianespace S.A.
Launch vehicle: Ariane 5ECA
Expected lifetime: 15 years

Note: In March 2016 HispaSat redefined the designation system for its satellite fleet to maintain designation coherency as the operator’s fleet is growing. Amazonas-4A was renamed into Amazonas-4.

Youtube: Watch the Amazonas-4A satellite launch!

Amazonas-4B

Orbital Position: 61° W
Manufacturer: Orbital Science Corp. (Oribital ATK, Inc.)
Launch date: 22 Mar 2014
Launch Operator: Arianespace S.A.
Launch vehicle: Ariane 5ECA
Expected lifetime: 15+ years

Hispasat 36W-1 (HW36-1, HispaSat-AG1 (Advanced Generation 1))

Orbital Position: 36° W
Manufacturer: OHB-System Germany
Launch date: 27 Jan 2017
Launch Operator: Arianespace S.A.
Launch vehicle: Soyuz ST-B
Expected lifetime: 15+ years

Note: Hispasat 36W-1 is the first mission relying on the SmallGEO platform developed by OHB System. The small GEO satellite bus was designed to offer satellite operators an entirely European solution in the smaller telecom satellite market (payloads reaching 300kgs) by speeding up the production and testing processes, reducing costs and broadening the range of design options. Hispasat 36W-1 carries 20 Ku-band transponders and the additional capacity of three transponders in Ka-band.

YouTube: Watch the Hispasat 36W-1 satellite launch by Arianespace!
 

Hispasat 30W-6 (HW30-6, Hispasat-1F)

Orbital Position: 30° W
Manufacturer: Space Systems/Loral
Launch date: 30 Dec 2017 (estimated)
Launch Operator: Arianespace S.A.
Launch vehicle: Ariane 5ECA
Expected life time: 15 years

Note: Will replace Hispasat-1D. In March 2016 HispaSat redefined the designation system for its satellite fleet to maintain designation coherency as the operator’s fleet is growing. Hispasat-1F was renamed into Hispasat 30W-6.

Amazonas-5 (AMZ5)

Orbital Position: -
Manufacturer: Space Systems/Loral (SS/L)
Launch date: TBD
Launch Operator: TBD
Launch vehicle: TBD
Expected lifetime: 15+ years