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Latin America's Satellite Offer Grows: The New Hispasat Searches its Orbital Position
 
Hispasat launched its new communiations satellite on December 29 to offer better service to its customers.
 
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European rocket Ariane-5 puts the new satellite in orbit.
 
European rocket Ariane-5 took off Wednesday, December 29 from the Kourou base in French Guiana to put the Spanish telecommunications satellite Hispasat 1E and the South Korean Koreasat 6 into orbit. Hispasat's president, Petra Mateos, called the new satellite a success and congratulated the European consortium, Arianespace, and the Spanish space industry involved in the project, Spanish newspaper El País reported. The satellite's mission is to provide additional capacity to offer Hispasat clients services such as digital television, mobile broadband and HD TV.

Hispasat invested over 200 million euros to manufacture the satellite, which is equipped with 53 repeaters to Space Systems/Loral. This is the sixth Spanish satellite launched by Arianespace rockets, which also launched the first Hispasat in 1992 and Hispasat 1B.

Hispasat 1E is the second of five new satellites included under the Spanish operator's growth plan, which consists of expanding its capacity and coverage across Europe, America and Africa. Compared to its predecessor -the Hispasat 1D, which has been in activity since 2002, the new one offers 89% more transponders, 120% more power, 60% more mass at launch and greater coverage over Africa and the Middle East.
 
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