January 25, 2017

Next Soyuz mission from CSG to orbit Hispasat 36W-1

Friday 27 January, Soyuz will lift off from Europe’s spaceport in French Guiana carrying the Hispasat 36W-1 satellite built by OHB System AG in Bremen, Germany, for Spanish operator Hispasat. It will be Soyuz’s first launch from the Guiana Space Centre (CSG) this year.

For its 16th launch from the CSG, Soyuz is set to loft the Hispasat 36W-1 satellite into geostationary transfer orbit for Spanish satellite communications operator Hispasat, a leading distributor of content in Spanish and Portuguese. Hispasat 36W-1 is the first satellite to be built using Europe’s new SmallGEO platform developed by OHB System AG under ESA’s ARTES (Advanced Research in Telecommunications Systems) programme.

With a launch mass of 3,220 kilograms, Hispasat 36W-1, from its orbital position at 36 deg. West, will allow Hispasat to provide a wide range of telecommunications services for television and radio stations in Spain, Portugal, the Canary Islands and South America. The satellite has an expected service lifetime of 15 years.

Pascale Bresson    Tél. +33(0)1 44 76 75 39    pascale.bresson@cnes.fr
Fabienne Lissak     Tél. +33(0)1 44 76 78 74    fabienne.lissak@cnes.fr