Thales Alenia Space, which designs satellite-based systems, is to build a satellite for Spanish satellite telecommunications operator Hispasat. Its coverage area will include Latin America.
Called Amazonas Nexus, the satellite, says Thales, is devoted to the mobility and connectivity markets, and marks the start of a new generation of satellites with an innovative architecture and higher capacity. Amazonas Nexus is scheduled for launch at the end of 2022 and has an expected lifetime of 15 years. It will replace and expand the capacities of the Amazonas 2 satellite, in orbit at 61 degrees West.
This new high throughput satellite (HTS) will deliver high-capacity mobility services to the air and maritime transport sectors, among others. Thales adds that the satellite’s capacity also makes it well-suited to contribute to bridging the digital divide in Latin America, allowing governments and operators to deploy networks and services in regions with low penetration of terrestrial infrastructures.
As prime contractor, Thales Alenia Space will be responsible for the new satellite’s design, production, testing and in-orbit acceptance tests.
Amazonas Nexus features a new generation digital transparent processor (DTP), thanks to which the satellite payload can be digitally processed, allowing the required capacity to be assigned in-orbit at any time.
Coverage includes the whole American continent, the North Atlantic corridor and Greenland. The satellite will enable the provision of telecommunication services in Ku-band, but is also the start of a new generation of satellites in Hispasat’s fleet that features Ka-band capacity to optimize communications between gateways and satellite, allowing greater on-board capacity.