SSL To Build Hispasat Satellite for European and American Markets

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PARIS — Satellite fleet operator Hispasat of Spain on July 1 said it had selected Space Systems/Loral (SSL) to build the tri-band Hispasat 1F satellite, to be operated at 30 degrees west to serve Hispasat’s European and American markets.

The satellite, whose launch service provider and launch date were not announced, will carry 40 Ku-band transponders for European, Northwest African and North and South American coverage, not including Brazil.

Six Ka-band beams will cover Spain, the Canary Islands, Northwest Africa and Southern and Central Europe. A separate Ka-band beam will be centered over the Iberian Peninsula. A separate Ka-band beam will be trained on Spain and Portugal, with a C-band beam targeting Brazil.

Hispasat Managing Director Carlos Espinos said Palo Alto, California-based Space Systems/Loral, which has built two previous satellites for Hispasat, “benefits from Spanish-built components on nearly all of its satellites.”