The Spanish satellite operator Hispasat announced it will launch the new Amazonas Nexus satellite at the end of 2022, which will replace and expand the capacities of the Amazonas 2 one, in orbit 61° West. The new satellite will have coverage over the whole American continent, the North Atlantic corridor (air and maritime traffic area) and Greenland, and will enable the provision of leading-edge telecommunication services in Ku-band. Amazon Nexus satellite construction, design production, testing and in-orbit acceptance tests are in charge of the European joint-venture Thales Alenia Space.
According to what Hispasat officially reported, Amazonas Nexus will continue providing services to current Hispasat customers that use the Amazonas 2 capacities. The new satellite has a 15 year-period lifetime expected.
Hispasat has also reported that one of the main Amazonas Nexus features is based on its new Digital Transparent Processor (DTP), a technological breakthrough that is essential to increase the geographical flexibility of the satellite to respond to eventual evolutions in relation to the initially envisaged commercial stage. Thanks to this element, the satellite payload will be digitally processed allowing to assign in-orbit the required capacities at any time, providing the satellite with great resilience to the evolution of the communications market, both in the field of connectivity and data and in the field of contents transmission.