SES’s Astra 5B and Hispasat’s Amazonas 4A have been successfully placed in orbit by an Ariane 5 rocket, launched from Kourou on Saturday.
Astra 5B is equipped with 60 active Ku- and Ka-baqnd transponders and will be positioned at the 31.5 degrees East orbital slot to deliver broadcast and broadband services to Europe and Africa.
The satellite also hosts an L-band payload for the European geostationary navigation overlay system.
Amazoas 4A, with 24 active Ku-band transponders, will support Hispasat’s expansion in the Latin American market.
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