Space Systems/Loral (SS/L) (NASDAQ: LORL), the world's leading provider of commercial satellites, today announced that the SES-5 satellite, designed and built for SES (EURONEXT PARIS: SESG) (LUXEM: SESG), has arrived at the Baikonur Space Center in Kazakhstan, where it will be launched aboard a Proton Breeze M vehicle provided by International Launch Services (ILS). SES-5, which includes an L-band payload for the European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service (EGNOS), is a complex, multi-mission satellite that helps demonstrate SS/L's experience integrating governmental and institutional payloads on commercial spacecraft.
"This is the third satellite we have delivered to SES in the last nine months," said John Celli, president of Space Systems/Loral. "We would like to thank SES for giving us the opportunity to build this complex spacecraft that combines multiple frequency bands and coverage areas to help SES bring entertainment and vital communications services to improve the human experience in several important regions."
SES-5 is designed to deliver high performance and extensive coverage for Direct-to-Home (DTH) services, broadband, maritime communications, GSM backhaul, and VSAT applications in Europe and Africa. The EGNOS navigation payload, which was built based on requirements from the European Commission (EC), will help to verify, improve, and report on the reliability and accuracy of GPS positioning signals in Europe.
"Space Systems/Loral has been an important contributor to our recent fleet expansion," said Martin Halliwell, Chief Technology Officer of SES. "We are pleased that SES-5 has arrived at launch base safely and we look forward to another successful launch next month."
When launched, SES-5 will be positioned at 5 degrees East longitude. It has 36 active Ku-band transponders and two Ku-band beams, one serving customers in the Nordic and Baltic countries and the other serving Sub-Saharan Africa. It also has two C-band beams, one with global coverage and one with hemispheric coverage, which can be operated with up to 24 active C-band transponders. The satellite also provides Ka-band uplink capability, allowing for flexible operations between Europe and Africa.
SES-5 is based on the highly reliable Space Systems/Loral 1300 platform, which is well-suited for multi-mission satellites because of its size and high power capability. The satellite is designed to deliver service for 15 years or more.
Source: Space Systems/Loral
Date: May 21, 2012