Arianespace launches first SES hybrid satellite

Friday 19 May 2017 | 07:18 CET | News

Arianespace has successfully launched the SES-15 satellite onboard a Soyuz rocket from the Guiana Space Center in Kourou, French Guiana. This is SES's first satellite to launch on a Soyuz rocket for a geostationary transfer orbit mission. SES’s first hybrid satellite will be located at the orbital position of 129 degrees West and is equipped with 16 Ku-band transponders (36 MHz equivalent) as well as HTS capabilities to serve North America, Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean.

SES-15 carries a hybrid payload, comprising Ku-band wide beams and Ku-band High Throughput Satellite (HTS) capability, with connectivity to gateways in Ka-band. SES-15’s throughput payload will deliver coverage for inflight connectivity and entertainment (IFC/IFE) service providers, such as Global Eagle Entertainment, Gogo and Panasonic Avionics.

In addition, SES-15 has a dedicated wide beam that is designed to enable IFC/IFE providers to deliver live TV content on all flight routes across the US, including Hawaii and Alaska, as well as Canada, the Caribbean and Mexico. This combination of beams is expected to allow IFC/IFE providers to optimise HTS capacity use for internet traffic and wide beam coverage for broadcast content.

The satellite will also enable VSAT networks and other traffic intensive data applications in the government and maritime sectors.

SES-15 will also carry a Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS) hosted payload, which will enable the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to increase the Global Positioning Systems (GPS) with the goal of improving availability of the system for the aviation industry.

The satellite is equipped with an electric propulsion system for orbit-raising and in-orbit maneuvers.

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