Spanish satellite and telecommunications operator Hispasat is updating visitors on the start it has made on building new facilities in Brazil for the operation of its satellite fleet. This will be the new satellite control centre for its Brazilian affiliate, Hispamar.
According to Hispasat, the growth of the company and its satellite fleet in Latin America has led to a need for more space to house all of the necessary control equipment. The Brazilian operator has therefore acquired land in Serviente, Río de Janeiro, to which it will transfer the services currently provided at Hispamar’s satellite control centre in Flamengo and Guaratiba. In addition, this centre will also be the location of the new ground station, which will control the future Amazonas 5 satellite, scheduled to launch in 2017.
The new Serviente centre will allow for further expansion in the coming years. The Amazonas satellites, located at 61° West, and the future satellites set to be located at 74° West, an orbital position acquired in 2015, will operate from here.Construction of the new centre is expected to be completed in the first half of next year.