Hispasat affiliate, HISDESAT, launched the XTAR-EUR satellite into orbit on February 12 , 2005. From the 29º East position, the satellite provides communications services to the Spanish Ministry of Defense and other government agencies and institutions.

With the placement in orbit of the Xtar-Eur, the operations phase of the Spanish governmental communications via satellite programme. With this new generation of satellites, Spain acquires a degree of autonomy and high capacity to react, aligned with its needs.