HISPASAT's Amazonas Nexus Satellite will embed the Pathfinder 2 mission for the United States Space Force

June 24, 2020

The Spanish operator has been awarded the contract in association with Artel, the secure communication network systems integrator.

The Amazonas Nexus, a more efficient, safer and more flexible latest generation satellite, will be launched in mid-2022.

MADRID, 24 June 2020. HISPASAT, the Spanish telecommunications satellite operator, has won a contract with Artel to embed the U.S. Space Force’s Space and Missile Systems Center’s Pathfinder 2 mission on its Amazonas Nexus Satellite, which is expected to be launched in mid-2022. The project is led by Artel, the global secure communications network systems integrator certified by the US Department of Defense and supported by Hunter Communications, the satellite communication solutions provider.
The Pathfinder 2 mission will include a 108 MHz payload of space capacity on board the Amazonas Nexus with rigorous levels of overdrive protection that comply with the Department of Defense's demanding security requirements. For greater assurance, Hispasat's new satellite will have to comply with the advanced CNSSP-12 approval process for telemetry and telecontrol, making it more secure and suitable for critical missions.
The Amazonas Nexus is a High Throughput Satellite (HTS) designed with an innovative architecture that combines the Ku and Ka bands to optimize communications and multiply the capacity available for commercial use. The satellite will also feature a latest generation Digital Transparent Processor (DTP), a technological advance that will be able to digitally process the satellite's received signals and increase its flexibility in orbit. The new satellite will have coverage over the entire American continent, the North Atlantic corridor (an area with major aerial and maritime traffic) and Greenland.
This is the third mission of the Pathfinder program, a plan from the Department of the Air Force to conduct different pilot projects that allow the department to explore new contracting models to cover its telecommunication service needs with commercial satellites (COMSATCOM). The program’s objective is to ensure greater satellite services and cost savings compared to the traditional short-term space capacity leasing method on commercial satellites already in orbit, while also meeting the required security demands.
In this case, the Pathfinder 2 mission has been tailor-made to embark on a satellite under construction. The United States Government will have use of the transponder during the entire lifetime of the Amazonas Nexus, estimated at fifteen years, while Hispasat will operate the satellite. This is part of the Department of the Air Force's efforts to engage more suitable, higher performance COMSATCOM services with more flexible and safer missions.

HISPASAT, Red Eléctrica Group’s communications satellite operator, is a world leader in content distribution in Spanish and Portuguese speaking countries and its satellite fleet is used by important direct-to-home television (DTH) and high-definition television (HDTV) digital platforms. HISPASAT also provides satellite broadband and connectivity services, which include broadband access, mobility and backhaul networks, in addition to other added value solutions for governments, companies and telecommunication operators in America, Europe and North Africa. HISPASAT –which is comprised of companies that have a presence in Spain as well as in the Americas, where its Brazilian affiliate HISPAMAR is based– is one of the world's largest companies in its sector in terms of revenue, and the main communications bridge between Europe and the Americas.
Press contact:
Iñaki Latasa – tel. +34 91 710 25 40 – ilatasa@hispasat.es

About Artel
For 30 years, Artel has provided secure network communication services to Federal Government agencies. Based in the U.S. and backed by leading global private investment firms TPG and Torch Hill, Artel is a carrier-agnostic network integrator – allowing us to develop customized solutions for our customers. An International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 9001:2015 certified network systems integrator, Artel provides cost-effective, on-time delivery of global terrestrial and satellite network communication services, cyber security, risk management, and technology support solutions. Please visit www.artelllc.com for additional information. If you would like more information about this topic, please e-mail espitler@artelllc.com.

About Hunter Communications
Hunter Communications has been providing satellite solutions for government, energy, maritime and aeronautical sectors since 2001. Its core business pairs satellite capacity with the latest ground segment technology to provide innovative satellite communications solutions. Hunter has expertise in hosted payload design, including its own beam. The Hunter Beam, a Ku-band payload on E115WB, is positioned at the center of the Canadian orbital arc and delivers the highest-powered coverage over Canada and the surrounding waters. (http://huntercomm.net/)