[Satellite TODAY 08-03-12] Spanish operator Hispasat
has contracted Indra
to develop and implement the ground control systems needed to manage its new Amazonas-3 communications satellite, Hispasat announced Aug. 2.
Amazonas-3 will be located at the 61 degrees West orbital slot. Indra previously implemented the system that controls the Amazonas-1 and Amazonas-2 satellites and the Hispasat 1A, 1B, 1C, 1D and 1E satellites.
Indra also will overhaul the ground segment for the operator to expand its capacity and allow integration of the new Amazonas 3 satellite. This turnkey project includes installation of new ground stations at the control centers on the Canary Islands and in Madrid that will track the satellite, monitor its status and send it commands or instructions. Indra also will upgrade control centers in Rio de Janeiro, Argentina and Mexico, incorporating the new version of its Genius solution to simplify system management and maintenance.
Financial details of the contract were not disclosed.