Now more capacity for Nordic and Baltic countries and Sub-Saharan Africa
SES readies itself for the launch of its 51st satellite, the SES-5. The spacecraft which arrived at Baikunor, Kazakhstan on 21st May will be positioned at the orbital slot of 5 degrees East. It features 36 active Ku-band transponders and up to 24 active C-band transponders. It will feature two Ku-band beams, one serving customers in the Nordic and Baltic countries and the other one serving Sub-Saharan Africa as well as two C-band beams, one with global coverage and one with hemispheric coverage over Europe, Africa and the Middle East. The satellite provides Ka-band uplink capability, allowing for flexible operations between Europe and Africa. 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, Africa and the Middle East.
Designed and built for SES by Space Systems/Loral (SS/L), a leading manufacturer of commercial satellites, SES-5 also features the first hosted L-band payload for the European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service (EGNOS). The EGNOS payload, which was developed by the European Space Agency (ESA) and the European Commission (EC), will help verify, improve, and report on the reliability and accuracy of navigation positioning signals in Europe.