First flight

Hispasat 36W-1 will be the first satellite to use the SmallGEO platform.

Hispasat 36W-1 will provide Europe, the Canary Islands and South America with faster multimedia services through its Redsat payload, which offers better signal quality and flexible land coverage. Redsat, together with a traditional commercial payload that uses advanced Ka- and Ku-band transmitters, enables H36W-1 to provide advanced connectivity services based on the latest communication standards.

Hispasat (ES) will integrate Hispasat 36W-1 into its existing fleet of geostationary communications satellites. OHB System AG (DE) is responsible for integrating and testing the satellite before launch, testing it once it reaches orbit and taking it though early operations before handing control over to Hispasat.

The SmallGEO/Hispasat 36W-1 satellite marks the first partnership between ESA and a Spanish operator. 

Hispasat 36W-1
Launcher Soyuz
Launch site Kourou, French Guiana
Launch date First quarter 2017
Orbital position          Geostationary orbit, 36°W
Lifetime 15 years
  • 3 Ka-band transponders
  • 20 Ku-band transponders
  • Redsat (up to 4 Ku-band channels)
  • 3 reflectors (2 deployable)
  • 1 DRA Rx antenna


  • Europe
  • The Canary Islands
  • South America
Size 3.7 x 1.9 x 2 m
Satellite mass 3220 kg at lift off
Control centre Hispasat, Arganda del Rey, Spain
Operator Hispasat (ES)

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