The SES-3 and SES-4 satellites are first up to launch. SES-3 is slated to launch in April, and is expected to replace AMC-1 in the prime 103° West orbital slot over the U.S., the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean region. SES-4 is destined for the highly utilized 338° East location in August, covering Africa, Europe, the Middle East, Latin America, North America and the Atlantic Ocean.
SES-4 provides a substantial increase in capacity over the Atlantic Ocean Region, ideal for video distribution and VSAT services in places like Africa, Latin America and the Middle East. SES-4 is SES WORLD SKIES’ largest satellite ever – an advanced hybrid spacecraft that will soon meet surging demand for everything from corporate broadband to on-the-go connectivity and television.
SES-5, set for launch towards the end of the year, will bring new Ku-band capacity for Africa’s rapid DTH growth and also provides important connectivity with Brazil. SES-5’s C-band payload will address the record growth and increasing demand for GSM services and mobile broadband.
For the Long Haul
SES-2 scheduled for launch in August and SES-3 are at the heart of SES WORLD SKIES’ plan to replenish and enhance its North American fleet. “We remain firmly committed to capacity growth and innovation across North America, where mature markets continue to lead the way in media and enterprise breakthroughs, such as HD and 3DTV,” explained Bednarek.
There are no cookie-cutter designs here. Customers are involved from day one in the development of SES WORLD SKIES satellites. “We listen intently to our customers for a clearer picture of the services and applications we will be delivering a decade or more in the future,” explained Bednarek, pointing to the QuetzSat-1 satellite as a recent example.
QuetzSat-1, set to launch in the third quarter is custom designed to meet the needs and demands of an individual customer. The overall philosophy of customer specs driving design provides significant advantages to every customer. Take government customers for example. Special purpose payloads on commercial satellites can provide cost-effective solutions and innovations.
SES-2, for example, will host a Commercial Hosted Infrared Payload (CHIRP) to enable the U.S. Air Force to test an entirely new type of passive infrared sensor.
Along with its five new satellites, SES WORLD SKIES is expanding orbital locations. The NSS-703 spacecraft is moving to 47° West in March to provide C- and Ku-band inclined capacity over the Atlantic. The relocation opens up a brand new orbital slot within the fleet and enables a range of cost-effective corporate, government and maritime applications.