Hispasat successfully launched its tenth satellite, the Hispasat 36W-1, from the European Spaceport of Kourou in French Guiana, aboard Arianespace’s Soyuz launch vehicle. It will provide coverage for South America and Europe, including the Canary Islands.
The new satellite has a 15-year lifespan and will offer video contribution and cellular backhaul services, as well as company and broadband solutions. It is fitted with 20 transponders on the Ku band and additional capacity of up to 3 transponders on the Ka band, and has a launch mass of 3,200 kg.
The H36W-1satellite was built by the German company OHB System AG and is the first mission of the SmallGEO platform, developed by the German manufacturer together with the European Space Agency and Hispasat. This platform allows for a substantial reduction in satellite mass thanks to the use of electric propulsion throughout the lifespan of the satellite.