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HISPASAT renews designations of its satellite fleet

1 de Março de 2016

o The operator seeks to provide more precise and direct information through the designations used for its satellite system.

o All satellites will use Hispasat as their primary name, to which complementary information will be added in reference to each satellite's orbital position and order of arrival.

Madrid, 1 March 2016.- Spanish satellite communications operator HISPASAT has defined a new designation system for its satellite fleet. The change comes as a response to the Group’s growing number of satellites and orbital positions and reflects efforts to maintain designation coherency.

The company seeks to establish a logical method to automate future satellite designations and provide informative content regarding satellites’ position and age and, therefore, has established the following system: all 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.

In establishing HISPASATt’s new satellite designations, consideration has been given to the satellites that have already completed their useful life cycle and, therefore, been deorbited, such that numbering system will be linked to the history of the company’s satellites.


The Amazonas satellites will keep their designation

Excluded from this system will be satellites located at 61º West, which will keep the name Amazonas, since they are fully established on the market and well-known by all of the actors in the sector. However, HISPASAT will take the opportunity to reduce the designation Amazonas 4A to Amazonas 4, given the restructuring of the Amazonas 4B project into Amazonas 5.

Lastly, when HISPASAT’s capacity is aboard another operator’s satellite, as is the case for Intelsat 34, and authorisation is granted by that operator, the satellite will be redesignated in accordance with this new criterion, indicating the satellite’s original designation in parenthesis.

Thus, HISPASAT’s active satellite fleet will be designated in the following way:



NEW DESIGNATION (in its current or final orbital position)



Hispasat 1C

Hispasat 84W-1


Hispasat 1D

Hispasat 30W-4


Hispasat 1E

Hispasat 30W-5


Amazonas 2

Amazonas 2


Amazonas 3

Amazonas 3


Amazonas 4A

Amazonas 4


Intelsat 34

Hispasat 55W-2 (Intelsat 34)


This change will also affect some of the satellites that are under construction, whose definitive designations will be the following:



NEW DESIGNATION (in its current or final orbital position)



Hispasat AG1

Hispasat 36W-1


Hispasat 1F

Hispasat 30W-6


Amazonas 5

Amazonas 5


The satellites at the 30º West position operated by the company were originally called Hispasat, followed by the number 1 and a letter. When the rights of the 61º West orbital position were acquired, the satellites at this orbital position made up the Amazonas fleet. HISPASAT Group can currently provide services at four other orbital positions (36º, 55.5º, 74º and 84º West), through their own rights or through agreements with other operators.


About HISPASAT Group

HISPASAT Group is comprised of companies that have a presence in Spain as well as in Latin America, where its Brazilian affiliate HISPAMAR is based. The Group is a world leader in the distribution and broadcasting of Spanish and Portuguese content, and its satellite fleet is used by important direct-to-home television (DTH) and high-definition television (HDTV) digital platforms. HISPASAT also provides satellite broadband services and other added value solutions to governments, corporations and telecommunication operators in America, Europe and North Africa. HISPASAT is one of the world's largest companies in its sector in terms of revenue, and the main communications bridge between Europe and the Americas.




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