MADRID | Indra has been awarded this August a contract by Hispasat to develop and implement the ground control systems that will manage the new Amazonas-3 communications satellite. This satellite, which will be located at the Brazilian orbital position 61º West, will be launched into space in the second half of the year.
Indra has collaborated closely with Hispasat for approximately 20 years. Over this time, it has implemented the system that controls the Amazonas 1 and Amazonas 2 satellites and the Hispasat 1A, 1B, 1C, 1D and 1E satellites. The company will now overhaul the ground segment for the operator to expand its capacity, which will allow it to integrate the new Amazonas 3 satellite.
“Indra is strengthening its position as Hispasat’s technology partner,” the company highlighted in a note.
The project includes installation of new ground stations at the control centres in Canary Islands and Arganda, Madrid, that will track the satellite, monitor its status and send it commands or instructions.
In addition, it will upgrade the monitoring and control and orbital positioning systems for the fleet of Amazonas and Hispasat satellites. The upgrade will affect the control centres in Rio de Janeiro, Canary Islands, Arganda (Madrid) and Balcarce (Argentina), and the centre for monitoring carrying signals in Mexico. Indra will incorporate the new version of its GENIUS solution, which will simplify management and maintenance of the systems.
With the launch of Amazonas-3, Hispasat will consolidate its growth strategy in America, Indra has explained.
“The operator will significantly increase its capacity for offering satellite communications in the zone through the use of the C, Ku frequency bands and various Ka hotspots. It will also be the first company to supply communications on the high-capacity Ka band in Latin America. This band will give its customers the possibility of providing triple play services, which combine access to broadband Internet, voice and television.”
Broadcasting more than 1,200 TV and radio channels, Hispasat, the eighth operator in the world in revenue, leads the sector in Spanish and Portuguese and remains the main satellite communication bridge between Europe and America. The Hispasat Group is currently the top European operator.
Indra’s more than half of income comes now from international markets. Its turnover in 2011 was €2.69 billion.