SES-10 communications satellite to launch on 29 March

Friday 24 March 2017 | 11:30 CET | News

The Andean Community announced that the SES-10 telecommunications satellite, which is set to increase capacity across Latin America, is set to be launched from Cape Canaveral on 29 March. Originally scheduled to be launched in the fourth quarter of 2016, the satellite will replace the capacity currently provided by two SES satellites at 67 degrees West and will be used for the Simon Bolivar 2 satellite network in accordance with the terms of the agreement reached with the Andean Community (Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru).

SES previously revealed that the multi-mission spacecraft will be the first of its satellites wholly dedicated to Latin America, bringing additional capacity to Mexico, Central America, South America and the Caribbean and providing direct-to-home broadcasting, enterprise and mobility services. It will also be the first satellite to be launched on a recovered Falcon 9 first stage from SpaceX. If all goes to plan, the flight-proven booster will make its second landing on the 'Of Course I Still Love You'
autonomous spaceport drone ship in the Atlantic Ocean, according to Spaceflight Insider.

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