The ILS Proton launched from Pad 39 at 19.23 GMT (1.23am local time). It was the second time ILS had launched a satellite for Hispasat.
“It’s very rewarding to have launched Amazonas 5 for Hispasat after the first launch of Amazonas many years ago. We thank Hispasat, a true innovator in satellite communications services, for their continued confidence in ILS and the Proton launch vehicle,” said ILS President Kirk Pysher.
The Amazonas 5 satellite, built by SSL, has a high throughput Ka-band payload with 34 Ka-band spot beams which will be used for broadband service in South America, Central services for television, corporate networks and other telecommunications applications in South America and Central America.
“The ILS Proton has proven to be a reliable launch vehicle for Hispasat. Thank you to the ILS, Khrunichev, SSL and Hispasat teams for their hard work and dedication,” said Hispasat CEO Carlos Espinós Gómez. “The success of Amazonas 5 allows us to expand our television and Internet service in Latin America and it will ensure a clear path for growth of our business.”
Amazonas 5 will be located at 61 degrees West.