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MDA subsidiary to build communications satellite for HISPASAT

Satellite will be used for range of services in Latin America, including broadband, television service

PALO ALTO, Calif.—MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. (MDA) subsidiary Space Systems/Loral (SSL) has been selected to build a communications satellite for Spanish satellite operator HISPASAT Group.

The satellite, Amazonas 5, will be used for a broad range of services in Latin America, including broadband service in South America, Central America and Mexico, and fixed satellite services for television, corporate networks.

“Amazonas 5 is the fourth satellite that we will build for HISPASAT, with two currently on orbit and another in backlog,” SSL president John Celli said in a statement. “We look forward to continued teamwork on this high performance satellite that will help HISPASAT broaden the availability of high quality communications in Latin America.”

Amazonas 5 is scheduled for launch in 2017, and is designed to deliver service for 15 years.

“We are very happy to team with SSL on Amazonas 5,” said Carlos Espinos, chief executive of HISPASAT. “As the leader in commercial satellite manufacturing, SSL is well-positioned to support our current innovation and expansion initiatives by providing us with an outstanding (products).”

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