SES S.A. (Paris:SESG)(LuxX:SESG) announces that the SES-3 satellite
today safely arrived at the Baikonour Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan onboard
an Antonov cargo plane. The SES-3 spacecraft, manufactured by Orbital
Sciences Corporation, will now be readied for launch onboard an ILS
Proton Breeze M booster, scheduled for lift off on July 10, 2011.
SES-3 is a hybrid C- and Ku-band satellite which will replace AMC-1 at
103 degrees West and provide comprehensive coverage of North America and
the Caribbean from this highly sought after location in the Centre of
the North American Arc. As such, SES-3 is an integral part of SES'
satellite replacement program over North America. The satellite's C-band
payload will continue hosting blue-chip U.S. television networks
broadcasting to over 4,350 cable head-ends while its Ku-band
transponders will serve a range of enterprise customers with VSAT and
broadband services. The cross-strapping capabilities from C- to Ku-band
on the spacecraft will enable customers to further optimize their
SES-3 is based on Orbital's space-proven Star 2.4 platform, the largest
and most powerful geostationary communications satellites Orbital
builds. It carries 24 C-Band transponders and 24 Ku-Band transponders
(36 MHz equivalents), generates approximately five kilowatts of payload
power, and features a design life of 15 years.
States Romain Bausch, President and CEO of SES: "SES-3 will provide
seamless replacement capacity at the important orbital position of 103
degrees West, from where SES feeds TV programming into virtually every
cable network in the U.S. As such, the launch of SES-3 will be an
important event to a number of our North American customers ensuring a
smooth continuation of their operations for years to come. We look
forward to another Proton success as the combined teams of ILS, Orbital
and SES go through the SES-3 launch count down over the next few weeks."
SES (Paris:SESG)(LuxX:SESG) wholly owns the market-leading satellite
operators SES ASTRA and SES WORLD SKIES, and participations in Ciel in
Canada, QuetzSat in Mexico as well as a strategic participation in
satellite infrastructure start-up O3b Networks. SES provides outstanding
satellite communications solutions via a global fleet of 44 satellites.
For further information: www.ses.com
Tel: +352 710 725 311