Satellite Technology Feature Article
SES Picks Boeing to Build SES-9 Satellite
By Jyothi Shanbhag, TMCnet Contributor
SES (News - Alert), a satellite operator with a fleet of 52 geostationary satellites, has announced its plans to build new communication satellite, SES-9, to cater to the needs of the fast growing markets in Asia and this project will go live with the help from Boeing (News - Alert), an aerospace company and one of the largest manufacturer of commercial jetliners and military aircraft combined.
As per the new agreement, the new satellite SES-9 will take shape in Boeing’s El Segundo Satellite Development Center based on the Boeing 702HP platform and this new spacecraft will be placed at the orbital slot of 108.2 degrees East and later on will be co-located with the existing SES-7 and NSS-11 satellites.
The new satellite is expected to offer direct-to-home broadcasting and other communications services in Northeast Asia, South Asia and Indonesia, as well as maritime communications for vessels in the Indian Ocean.
States Romain Bausch, president and CEO of SES, “We look forward to work again with Boeing on an important addition to our global fleet: SES-9 will greatly expand our transmission capacity over Asia, while adding increased flexibility and redundancy to a strategic orbital slot. SES is convinced that Boeing’s 702HP will prove to be mission-critical in order to provide state-of-the-art, high-power satellite capacity to the thriving markets of Asia.”
The officials at SES confirmed that they have designed the satellite to operate for 15 years in geosynchronous orbit with a 12.7-kilowatt payload and 57 high-power Ku-band transponders (equivalent to 81 x 36 MHz transponders).
“We are pleased to be selected by SES to build a highly flexible 702HP satellite, which has a uniquely configured XIPS propulsion system and chemical bi-propellant system, reducing the spacecraft’s launch weight while allowing for maximum payload capacity,” said Craig Cooning, CEO of Boeing Satellite Systems International and VP and GM of Boeing Space & Intelligence Systems.
Cooning said that their company has continuously evolved the 702 design since it was introduced over 15 years ago, allowing them to provide SES a satellite that will be consistent with their business requirements.
Edited by Brooke Neuman