Largest SES satellite ready for service

0_arrival_HThe SES-4 satellite arriving at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan prior to launch. (Image source: SES - www.ses.com)SES SA has announced that its SES-4 satellite is now fully operational and ready for service at an orbital location of 338 degrees East

The satellite, which will replace the NSS-7 satellite, was successfully launched into orbit on board an ILS Proton Breeze M booster in February from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan and will provide an increased capacity to Africa from its orbital slot above the Atlantic Ocean.

SES chief technology officer Martin Halliwell said, “SES-4 offers state-of-the-art transmission capacity to SES customers across three continents and for a wide array of applications, including video distribution with DTH power-levels, VSAT, government and maritime services.

“We are delighted to see the 50th spacecraft in the global SES fleet go live and congratulate the technical teams involved for the successful bringing into operation of this important addition to our fleet,” he added.

The 20-kilowatt satellite is the largest and most powerful SES satellite to date and features 52 C-band and 72 Ku-band transponders.

It C-band beams will serve the eastern hemisphere of Europe and Africa and provide full coverage of the Americas.

The satellite, which has been designed to deliver services for more than 15 years, has four high-power, regional Ku-band beams, which will provide service to West Africa, Europe and the Middle East, as well as to both North and South America.

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