International Launch Services (ILS) used its workhorse rocket, the Russian-built Proton M, to successfully launch the Amazonas 5 communications satellite in a commercial launch. The launch took place from the Pad 39 of the Baikonour Space Station at 1923 GMT on 11 September 2017.
The first three stages of the Proton Breeze M utilized a standard ascent profile to place the Breeze M upper stage and the Amazonas 5 satellite into a suborbital trajectory. The Breeze M then made a series of firings to first achieve a circular parking orbit, then to an intermediate orbit, followed by a transfer orbit, and finally to a geosynchronous transfer orbit. Separation of the Amazonas 5 satellite occurred at approximately 9 hours and 12 minutes after lift-off.
The Amazonas 5 satellite is built by SSL (Space Systems Loral) using its SSL-1300 bus/platform. It has a high throughput Ka-band payload with 34 Ka-band spot beams which will be used for broadband service in South America, Central America and Mexico. It also has a Ku-band payload with 24 transponders for fixed satellite services for television, corporate networks and other telecommunications applications in South America and Central America. Amazonas 5 will be located at 61 degrees west in the Geostationary arc for its operations.