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Hispasat investigates Amazonas 4A satellite ‘anomaly’

Hispasat has reported an anomaly in its recently launched Amazonas 4A satellite, which was moved into geostationary orbit by an Ariane 5 rocket late last month.

The satellite operator said that the anomaly has been detected in its performance, related to the power subsystem.

“Hispasat and Orbital, the company responsible for the satellite’s construction, are looking into the possible cause of this anomaly and taking corrective action. The satellite is currently secure in its geostationary orbit in the position where in orbit tests will be conducted,” the firm said in a statement.

It added that the economic impact on the Hispasat Group of a fault or delay in the entry-into-service of Amazonas 4A would be “negligible” due to the satellite’s insurance policy, which covers all potential incidents. Service to customers would also not be disrupted, said Hispasat.