SES, Thales add DTP onboard SES-17 satellite

Wednesday 5 April 2017 | 13:53 CET | News

SES and Thales Alenia Space (TAS) have added a Digital Transparent Processor (DTP) onboard the SES-17 satellite which will allow SES to provide its mobility customers with bandwidth management capabilities. SES-17, which was procured in September 2016, will cover North America, South America, Central America, the Caribbean and the Atlantic Ocean, and is expected to be delivered in 2020.

Equipped with close to 200 spot beams of mixed sizes, the fully digital SES-17 spacecraft is expected to enable mobility customers to modify their networks in real time in response to changing bandwidth demands, either on a daily schedule or in response to unanticipated changes such as weather.

Other added capabilities made possible by the addition of the SpaceFlex DTP are improved ability for SES and its customers to implement mesh, broadcast, and multicast network configurations; higher efficiency in throughput and bandwidth use; and new network redundancy features.

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