Tonight HISPASAT is launching its new communications satellite, HISPASAT 36W-1 (H36W-1), from the European Spaceport located in Kourou, French Guiana. The launch is scheduled for 2:03 AM Spanish time (22:03 PM in Kourou). The launch vehicle responsible for putting H36W-1 into its transfer orbit will be Arianespace's Soyuz vehicle. From there, the satellite will move towards the geostationary orbit chosen to carry out the tests to make sure it is working properly after the launch, and where it will stay for several weeks. Once the tests have been completed, the satellite will be placed in its final geostationary orbit. H36W-1 was manufactured by the German company OHB System AG and involved the significant participation of the Spanish aerospace industry. During its 15 years of useful life and with its 20 transponders on the Ku band and additional capacity on the Ka band, the new HISPASAT satellite will offer a greater range of multimedia services in the Americas and in Europe.