EGNOS GOES OPERATIONAL ON SES-5 AT 5 DEGREES EAST
Luxembourg, 2 September, 2015 - SES S.A. (NYSE Euronext Paris and Luxembourg Stock Exchange: SESG) announced today that after extensive testing on ground and in space, the first European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service (EGNOS) payload, hosted on SES-5, is fully operational.
EGNOS GEO-1 was successfully launched as a hosted L-band payload on board SES-5 in July 2012, to provide satellite-based augmentation services in Europe. The EGNOS payload will help verify, improve and report on the reliability and accuracy of navigation positioning signals in Europe. EGNOS supplements Europe's satellite navigation systems, facilitating improved accuracy of positioning determination to within 1.5 metres.
The European Commission awarded the independent contracts for two new EGNOS GEO transponder services in 2007 and 2008. SES hosts both EGNOS payloads, on SES-5 at 5 degrees East and ASTRA 5B at 31.5 degrees East. These contracts were transferred to the European GNSS Agency (GSA) at the end of 2014, as part of an ongoing and successful cooperation between GSA and SES.
The contracts include the complementary hosting of the fully redundant ground equipment at the SES uplink sites located in Betzdorf, Luxembourg and Redu, Belgium.
Ferdinand Kayser, Chief Commercial Officer at SES, said: "The EGNOS contracts prove that our strategy to diversify our business and to provide global telecommunications services for governments and supra-national institutions, as well as multinational organizations, is bearing fruit. Furthermore, SES is looking forward to many years of successful operations in delivering EGNOS services in Europe.
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