Amazonas 5


The Amazonas 5 is a Spanish commercial communications satellite developed by SSL and operated by Hispasat. Launched on September 11, 2017 (2017-09-11), it has an expected service life of 15 years. Its orbit allows it to cover all of South America,[3] allowing for broadband and broadcast services. It replaces the Amazonas 4A and 4B satellites, the former of which experienced a performance loss and the latter which was cancelled.[4]

Amazonas 5
NamesAmazonas 4B
Mission typeCommunications
COSPAR ID2017-053A
SATCAT no.42934
WebsiteAmazonas 5
Mission duration15 years (planned)
4 years, 8 months, 5 days (elapsed)
Spacecraft properties
BusSSL 1300
Launch mass5900kg
Start of mission
Launch dateSeptember 11, 2017 (2017-09-11)
RocketProton-M Breeze M
Launch siteBaikonur Cosmodrome Site 200
Orbital parameters
Reference systemGeocentric
Semi-major axis42,165 km (26,200 mi)[2]
Periapsis altitude37,780 km (23,480 mi)[2]
Apoapsis altitude35,808 km (22,250 mi)[2]
Period1,436 min (1 day 36 min)
Band34 Ka band spot beams, 24 Ku band transponders
Coverage areaLatin America (incl. Brazil)


Satellite busEdit

The satellite is based on the SSL 1300, a satellite bus produced by SSL. It has a launch mass of 5,900 kg (13,000 lb) and has two deployable solar panels.[3][4]


The satellite uses a chemical propulsion system for orbit raising with the main engine providing a force between 450-490N and several altitude control thrusters. Although the SSL 1300 spacecraft bus can be equipped with an electric propulsion system, it is unknown if Amazonas 5 comes with it.[5]


The satellite's communication system is its main payload. It consists of 24 Ku band transponders for its South America beam and 34 Ka band spot beams for its Brazil beam.[3] It can provide broadband and television services and can deploy 3G, LTE, and 5G networks.[4]


Amazonas 5 launched from Baikonur Cosmodrome Site 200, Kazakhstan, on September 11, 2017 (2017-09-11), on board a Proton-M Breeze M rocket. The launch was initially slated to happen on 9 September instead but the Proton rocket's arrival from Moscow was delayed.[1]

It was launched to a geostationary orbit with a periapsis of 35,780.1 km (22,232.7 mi), an apoapsis of 35,808.7 km (22,250.5 mi), and orbital inclination of 0.0°. It is placed at a longitude of 61° W in order to serve South America. It would provide internet connectivity to around 500,000 people in the region, and opens 500 new television channels.[2]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b "Proton launches Amazonas-5". Retrieved 2021-12-07.
  2. ^ a b c d "Technical details for satellite AMAZONAS 5". - Real Time Satellite Tracking and Predictions. Retrieved 2021-12-07.
  3. ^ a b c "Amazonas 5". Satbeams Web and Mobile. Retrieved 2021-12-07.
  4. ^ a b c "Amazonas 5 Communication Satellite - Aerospace Technology". Retrieved 2021-12-07.
  5. ^ "Amazonas 5 – Amazonas 5 | Spaceflight101". Retrieved 2021-12-07.