Ten things about SES-14

Ten things about SES-14

The all-electric powerful SES-14 is launching tonight onboard an Ariane 5 rocket from the Guiana Space Center in French Guiana, and we, along with our customers, are excited! Find out why this satellite sets us apart and will meet the demands of the growing markets in the Americas.


  1. SES-14 is SES's second hybrid satellite to be launched. It has wide beams and high throughput spot beams (HTS) covering the Americas and the Atlantic region, and will empower our video and data customers to provide more broadcasting and connectivity services
  2. SES-14's C-band wide beams will help cable and IP operators gain more viewers in Latin America, as well as provide maritime managed connectivity service across the Atlantic Ocean
  3. 80% of all TV households in Latin America is expected to have a HD or UHD screen by 2019, and SES-14 is set to support TV operators to transit to higher picture quality content
  4. HTS spot beams of SES-14 are designed to fulfil the exponential demand for inflight connectivity as commercial aircraft connected via satellite are set to more than triple from 2016 to 2026 in the Americas, according to market research
  5. Three leading global inflight connectivity and entertainment providers, Global Eagle, Gogo and Panasonic, will rely on SES-14 to deliver high-speed broadband and a wide range of inflight communications and operational applications aboard commercial airline flights
  6. Overlay of wide beams over the HTS spot beams is a differentiating feature of SES-14. Our aero customers can optimise wide beam coverage for delivery of live TV content and HTS capacity for accessing internet content
  7. The GOLD hosted payload on SES-14 is NASA’s first mission to enable scientists to study the border between earth and space
  8. SES-14's Digital Transparent Processor enables much more flexibility to route the spot beams and offers customised solutions that best fit customers’ needs
  9. SES-14 is SES’s second all-electric satellite and was built by Airbus. SES-15 was the first, and was launched in May 2017
  10. SES-14 is the first high-power satellite in the 4-tons class, taking advantage of the mass saving to combine two high-capacity missions into one single satellite