GMV supplies the ground segment of Hispasat’s new generation of satellites

GMV has signed a series of ground-segment supply contracts for Hispasat’s Amazonas Nexus satellite, which will replace Amazonas 2 in the orbital position 61º West and enhance its forerunner’s capabilities. The contract as a whole includes supply of the control center and flight dynamics system, a new ground station in Río de Janeiro for the Amazonas Nexus satellite, a new satellite tracking system and sundry ground equipment, plus a new control and management system for all Hispasat’s ground stations.

Amazonas Nexus

Amazonas Nexus ushers in a new generation of Hispasat satellites and will open up new markets and win new clients, providing high-capability air- and sea-transport mobility services, among others. It will continue to cater for Hispasat’s current Amazonas 2 clients. The new upgraded satellite will give coverage to the whole American continent plus the north and south Atlantic corridors (areas of busy air- and sea-traffic) and Greenland, providing state-of-the-art Ku-band telecommunication services. It also includes Ka band capability to streamline gateway-satellite communications. This will multiply the total onboard capability available for commercial use while also fine-tuning capability unit cost in comparison with traditional satellites.

The recently awarded contract was won on the strength of GMV’s vast experience in supplying systems of this type based on GMV’s inhouse line of operational products. Pride of place here goes to the real-time telemetry and telecommand processing product Hifly and the flight dynamics system FocusSuite. Other GMV products will also be supplied, like Magnet for management and control of ground stations.

As well as setting up a new ground station, the contract also takes in new control centers in Arganda del Rey, Tres Cantos, Maspalomas and Río de Janeiro to cater for a new network of timing and frequency reference generating equipment plus integration of new baseband equipment.

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