SES S.A. (NYSE Paris:SESG) (LuxX:SESG) announces a new cornerstone in
its strategic partnership with EchoStar Corporation (NASDAQ: SATS) at
the orbital position of 105 degrees West with the procurement of the new
SES-11 satellite, also to be known as EchoStar 105.
SES-11 will be manufactured by Airbus Defence and Space based on the
highly reliable Eurostar E3000 platform. The satellite will be launched
into space in Q4 2016.
SES-11 will carry 24 Ku-band transponders as well as 24 C-band
transponders (36 MHz equivalent).The spacecraft will have a separated
mass of approximately 5,400 kg and an end of life budget for the
payloads of approximately 12 kW.
The spacecraft's Ku-band capacity will replace the existing SES
satellite AMC-15 at 105 degrees West, an orbital position where Echostar
has been SES's anchor customer since 2006. The spacecraft's C-band
capacity will also allow SES to provide replacement capacity for AMC-18
at 105 degrees West.
"The market for 50-state transponder capacity in North America has
demonstrated significant growth for EchoStar Satellite Services over the
past five years - the acquisition of EchoStar 105 renews our commitment
to the fixed satellite services market in North America," EchoStar
Satellite Services President Anders Johnson said. "The replacement of
AMC-15, with the increased capability offered by EchoStar 105, will
allow us to meet the evolving demand from our customers for enterprise,
broadcast, and government services applications. We are pleased to work
with Airbus Defence and Space to provide our customers with new, high
power satellite capacity at this established orbital slot."
Stated Martin Halliwell, Chief Technology Oficer of SES: "SES-11 is the
6th large satellite contract with our longstanding partner
EchoStar. The new spacecraft will offer comprehensive coverage of the
Americas, including Hawaii, Mexico, and the Caribbean, from a
well-established orbital position. Together with EchoStar we look
forward to a successful mission in collaboration with our reliable
industry partner Airbus Defence."
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SES is a world-leading satellite operator with a fleet of more than 50
geostationary satellites. The company provides satellite communications
services to broadcasters, content and internet service providers, mobile
and fixed network operators and business and governmental organisations
SES stands for long-lasting business relationships, high-quality service
and excellence in the broadcasting industry. The culturally diverse
regional teams of SES are located around the globe and work closely with
customers to meet their specific satellite bandwidth and service
SES (NYSE Paris:SESG) (LuxX:SESG) holds participations in Ciel in Canada
and QuetzSat in Mexico, as well as a strategic participation in
satellite infrastructure start-up O3b Networks. Further information
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