SKY Brasil-1(also known as SKYB-1) will be the 10th satellite launched by Arianespace for the operator AT&T/DIRECTV. The most recent launch was on May 27, 2015, lofting SKY México-1 and DIRECTV 15 on the same Ariane 5.
AT&T/DIRECTV, a world leading provider of digital television programs, will use the SKYB-1 satellite via its DIRECTV Latin America subsidiary – which offers services to 12,5 million subscribers in Latin America primarily Venezuela, Argentina, Chile, Colombia, and Brazil.
SKYB-1 is a high-definition television (HDTV) broadcast satellite. Weighing approximately 6,000 kg. at launch, it is fitted with 60 Ku-band transponders. SKYB-1 will be positioned at 43.1° West, and will cover Brazil.
The satellite was built by Airbus Defence and Space in Toulouse, France, using the Eurostar E3000 platform. It is the 116th spacecraft from this manufacturer and its predecessors to be launched by Arianespace.
Arianespace’s order book includes 17 more Airbus Defence and Space satellites to be launched.