SES S.A.



SES S.A. is the satellite owner and operator based in Betzdorf, Luxembourg and is listed on the Luxembourg Stock Exchange and Euronext Paris.

SES is the world’s second-largest telecommunications satellite operator by revenue and operates a fleet of 54 geostationary satellites able to reach 99% of the World’s population. These satellites provide satellite communication services to businesses and government agencies, and broadcast TV and radio channels to audiences worldwide. SES satellites carry more than 6,200 TV channels (including over 1.800 in high definition) and more than 40 direct-to-home (DTH) platforms across the world. By the end of 2013, SES satellites reached 291 million TV homes worldwide, comprising 106 million DTH satellite homes, over 153 million cable homes and over 32 million IPTV homes.

Originally founded in 1985 as Société Européenne des Satellites, the company was renamed SES Global in 2001 and in 2006 renamed SES. SES is a pioneer in many important industry developments. In 2007 SES was named 'Satellite Operator of the Year'.



History


Early years

SES was formed on the initiative and support of the Luxembourg Government in 1985 as Société Européenne des Satellites (SES). The Luxembourg State remains a major shareholder. In 1988, as Europe’s first private satellite operator, SES launched its first satellite, Astra-1A, to the 19.2° east orbital position. Rupert Murdoch’s Sky TV, along with German broadcasters Pro7, Sat.1, and RTL were among Astra’s first major customers.


In 1990 Astra was broadcasting to 14 million cable and DTH viewers. SES was the pioneer of ‘co-location’ by which several satellites share the same orbital position to provide backup and increase the number of channels available to a fixed receiving dish, creating what became known as a 'satellite neighborhood'. Astra's prime slot, 19.2° east, saw as many as eight satellites sharing the position simultaneously and helped to build up Astra’s reputation for reliability.

Rapid growth in Germany, in what would become Astra’s largest European market, was helped by the German government’s decision to liberalize the installation of dishes in 1991. In this time SES became the leading satellite system providing direct-to-home transmission, and became the world’s largest satellite platform for TV distribution.

After the launch of Astra-1E in 1996, SES pioneered digital satellite transmission with Canal+. SES launched Astra-2A in 1998 for the UK market, transmitting at the new orbital position 28.2° east, and eventually moving all of its UK and Ireland transmission capacity to this orbital slot.

Also in that year, SES went public on the Luxembourg Stock Exchange trading as SESG.


Global expansion

From 1999 SES began a period of ambitious global growth beyond its European home market. In the same year SES acquired a 34.13% stake in Hong Kong-based satellite operator AsiaSat and took a foothold in Asia and the Pacific region. A year later, SES acquired 50% of Scandinavian satellite broadcaster Nordic Satellite AB (NSAB), later renamed SES Sirius, which strengthened SES’ coverage in northern and eastern Europe. The same year, SES also took a participation of 19.99% in Brazilian satellite operator Star One, gaining a first presence in Latin America.

In 2001 SES bought 28.75% of Argentina’s Nahuelsat and acquired GE Americom, giving it a solid presence in the important North American market. This resulted in the formation of SES Global, a corporate entity with two operating companies, SES Astra and SES Americom. In 2001 SES operated a fleet of 41 geostationary satellites, the largest in the world.

Further acquisitions followed. In 2003 SES’ stake in NSAB was increased to 75% and in 2005 SES acquired participation in Canadian satellite operator Ciel in Canada and in Mexico’s QuetzSat, as well as the divestment from Nahuelsat in Argentina. SES acquired services provider, Digital Playout Centre GmbH aka Astra Platform Services and now SES Platform Services

In 2005 and 2006 SES acquired ND SatCom, a German provider of government services, developing a services portfolio beyond just bandwidth provision. Later on, in 2010, EADS Astrium purchased 75% of the stakes of NDSatcom from SES Astra.

In 2006 SES acquired New Skies Satellites, later renamed SES New Skies, adding six satellites to the SES fleet and strengthening coverage in Asia, the Middle East and Africa.

In 2007 SES divested from its holdings in AsiaSat and Star One in a complex transaction with General Electric which itself divested from SES.

In 2008, SES increased its stake in NSAB to 90% and merged its two international operating units, SES Americom and SES New Skies into a new segment, which was branded SES World Skies in September 2009.

In 2009, SES and Middle East satellite operator Yahsat announced the formation of a joint venture, YahLive to commercialize 23 Ku-band transponders on Yahsat-1A, serving the Middle East, North Africa and South-West Asia with direct-to-home TV services.

Also in 2009, SES made a 75 million USD cash investment in O3b Networks a project to build a Medium Earth Orbit (MEO) satellite constellation to deliver high-speed, low-latency, fibre-like internet broadband trunking to the world's emerging regions ("the Other 3 billion").

O3b Networks operates nowadays a constellation of 12 HTS (High Throughput Satellites) in Medium Earth Orbit (MEO) around 8,000 km’s from the Earth. The company offers customers a ‘fibre in the sky’ solution, with each of the constellation’s beams capable of delivering up to 1.6 Gbps of throughput at a low latency of less than 150 milliseconds, a significant improvement over geostationary connectivity.

O3b started its operations in September 2014 and became the fastest growing satellite network company in history. O3b serves more than 40 enterprises, mobility and Government clients across 31 countries.  O3b’s global customer base includes Digicel Pacific, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, American Samoa Telecom, Speedcast, Rignet, Bharti Interntional (Airtel), Timor Telecom, CNT Ecuador, Entel Chile and the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

In 2010, SES grew its stake in SES Sirius to 100% and closed the acquisition of the in-orbit satellite Protostar-2, renaming it SES-7 and integrating it into its fleet covering India and South East Asia.

In May and September 2011, SES restructured and rebranded the company to streamline the organization’s activities under a single management team and one main brand (SES), incorporating the company’s two previous operating entities, SES Astra and SES World Skies.


Global operator

In August 2011 the Astra-1N satellite was launched to the Astra 28.2°E orbital position, and in September the QuetzSat-1 satellite was launched to 77°W.

In February 2012, SES-4 was successfully launched to become SES' 50th satellite and the largest, heaviest and most powerful in the fleet. In July 2012, SES-5, the 51st SES Satellite was launched from Baikonur, Kazakhstan to 5°E with 36 Ku-band transponders to provide coverage over Sub-Saharan Africa and the Nordic and the Baltic regions in Europe, and 28 C-band transponders for Europe, Africa and the Middle East.

In September 2012, Astra-2F was successfully launched from Kourou in French Guyana, the first of three "next generation" satellites at the second Astra orbital position at 28.2°E. The satellite has Ku-band coverage of all Europe, the British Isles and sub-Saharan Africa for DTH television, and Ka-band coverage of Central Europe for the SES Broadband satellite internet service.

SES-6 was launched from Baikonur, Kazakhstan on June 3rd 2013 to 40.5°E, to replace NSS-806 and provide continuity of service and expansion capacity in C-band for Latin America and the Caribbean. The satellite has 43 C-band and 48 Ku-band transponders with comprehensive coverage of North America, Latin America, Europe and the Atlantic Ocean.

Astra-2E was launched to the Astra 28.2°E position from Baikonur in Kazakhstan on 30 September 2013 to provide free-to-air and encrypted DTH digital TV and satellite broadband services for Europe and the Middle East. The successful launch followed a 10-week delay due to the postponement of all launches by launch services provider ILS after a catastrophic failure of the rocket in a previous launch.

In March 2014, Astra-5B was launched as SES' 56th satellite to the Astra 31.5°E position from Kourou in French Guyana to provide transponder capacity and extend geographical reach over Central and Eastern Europe, Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States for DTH, direct-to-cable and contribution feeds to digital terrestrial television networks.


Recent events

In July 2014 SES announced that nearly half of the SES satellite fleet is controlled from the new satellite operations center (SOC) opened at its sales and engineering offices in Princeton, New Jersey, USA where 23 satellites are controlled with the remainder operated from SES’s global headquarters in Luxembourg.

Astra-2G, the final "next generation" satellite for the Astra 28.2°E orbital position was launched from the Baikonur in December 2014 to deliver broadcast, VSAT and broadband services to the EMEA region, and to connect West Africa to Europe via Ka-band.

On January 13th, 2015 SES announced that it plans to procure and launch the SES-16/GovSat satellite in partnership with the Luxembourg Government. Jointly owned, this satellite will be positioned at 21,5° E and is scheduled for launch in Q2 2017.

SES-16/GovSat is a multi-mission satellite using dedicated military frequencies (X-band and military Ka-band) to provide high-power and fully steerable spot beams for multiple government-specific missions. The satellite will cover Europe, the Middle East and Africa. SES-16/GovSat, will be built by US satellite manufacturer Orbital ATK, Inc. 

In April 2016 SES increased its interest in O3b from 49% to 50,5% to have a controlling share in the company. In May 2016 SES announced to take full control over O3b to purchase 100% of the stakes.





References:

www.ses.com
www.satbeams.com
www.wikipedia.org
www.space.skyrocket.de
www.tbs-satellite.com
www.WTA.com
www.spacenews.com (edition 16 November 2009)
www.intelsat.com
www.azernews.az (edition 27 Nov 2014)
www.moodys.com
www.businesswire.com (edition 29 April 2016) 




Satellites 

NSS-703 (Intelsat 703)

Orbital Position: 57° W 
Manufacturer: Space Systems/Loral (SS/L)
Launch date: 06 Oct 1994
Launch Operator: Lockheed Martin (ULA)
Launch vehicle: Atlas IIAS
Expected life time: 15 years

Note: NSS-703 was transferred from Intelsat S.A. to New Skies Satellites (SES) in 1998 when it was renamed.
 

AMC-1 (GE-1)

Orbital Position: 95° E
Manufacturer: Lockheed Martin Space Systems
Launch date: 08 Sept 1996
Launch Operator: Lockheed Martin (ULA)
Launch vehicle: Atlas 2A
Expected life time: 15 years
 

AMC-2 (GE-2)

Orbital Position: 81° W
Manufacturer: Lockheed Martin Space Systems
Launch date: 30 Jan 1997
Launch Operator: Arianespace S.A.
Launch vehicle: Ariane 44L
Expected life time: 15 years
 

AMC-3 (GE-3, Eagle-1)

Orbital Position: 81° W
Manufacturer: Lockheed Martin Space Systems
Launch date: 30 Jan 1997
Launch Operator: Arianespace S.A.
Launch vehicle: Ariane 44L
Expected life time: 15 years

Note: In January 2016 SES completed the sale of 24 Ku-band transponders to Global Eagle Entertainment (GEE) and owner of Emerging Markets Communication (EMC), to support aviation connectivity. GEE is marketing the satellite as Eagle-1. 
 

NSS-5 (Intelsat 803)

Orbital Position: 50° E inclined
Manufacturer: Lockheed Martin Space Systems
Launch date: 23 Sept 1997
Launch Operator: Arianespace S.A.
Launch vehicle: Ariane 42L
Expected life time: 14 years

Note: Intelsat-803 was transferred from Intelsat S.A. to New Skies Satellites (SES) in 1998 when it was renamed in NSS-5.
 

ASTRA-1G

Orbital Position: 32° W
Manufacturer: Hughes Satellite Systems (Boeing CSS)
Launch date: 02 Dec 1997
Launch Operator: International Launch Services (ILS)
Launch vehicle: Proton D1-e
Expected life time: 15 years
 

NSS-806 (Intelsat 806)

Orbital Position: 48° W
Manufacturer: Lockheed Martin Space Systems
Launch date: 28 Feb 1998
Launch Operator: Lockheed Martin (ULA)
Launch vehicle: Atlas IIAS 
Expected life time: 12 years

Note: Intelsat tansferred their Intelsat 806 to New Skies Satellites in 1998. Then NSS merged with SES. SES-6 will replace the NSS-806.
 

ASTRA-2A

Orbital Position: 28° E
Manufacturer: Hughes Satellite Systems (Boeing CSS)
Launch date: 30 Aug 1998
Launch Operator: International Launch Services (ILS)
Launch vehicle: Proton
Expected life time: 15 years
 

AMC-5 (GE-5, Nahuel-1B)

Orbital Position: 81° W
Manufacturer: Lockheed Martin Space Systems
Launch date: 28 Oct 1998
Launch Operator: Arianespace S.A.
Launch vehicle: Ariane 44L
Expected life time: 15 years

Note: NahuelSat S.A. sold their Nahuel-1B satellite to GE and renamed it in GE-5. Then GE was acquired by SES Americom. SES Americom was taken over by SES World Skies in 2008 and renamed it in AMC-5.
 

AMC-4 (GE-4)

Orbital Position: 67° W
Manufacturer: Lockheed Martin Space Systems
Launch date: 13 Nov 1999
Launch Operator: Arianespace S.A.
Launch vehicle: Ariane 44P
Expected life time: 15 years
 

AMC-6 (GE-6, Rainbow-2)

Orbital Position: 72° W
Manufacturer: Lockheed Martin Space Systems
Launch date: 21 Oct 2000
Launch Operator: International Launch Services (ILS)
Launch vehicle: Proton MD
Expected life time: 15 years

Note: Rainbow Media announced in November 2004 that it will utilize 16 transponders and branding these as Rainbow-2.
 

AMC-7 (GE-7)

Orbital Position: 137° W
Manufacturer: Lockheed Martin Space Systems
Launch date: 14 Sept 2000
Launch Operator: Arianespace S.A.
Launch vehicle: Ariane 5G
Expected life time: 15 years
 

NSS-11

Orbital Position: 108° E
Manufacturer: Lockheed Martin Space Systems
Launch date: 02 Oct 2000
Launch Operator: International Launch Services (ILS)
Launch vehicle: Proton 
Expected life time: 15 years
 

AMC-8 (GE-8, Aurora-3)

Orbital Position: 139° W
Manufacturer: Lockheed Martin Space Systems
Launch date: 19 Dec 2000
Launch Operator: Arianespace S.A.
Launch vehicle: Ariane 5G
Expected life time: 15 years
 

ASTRA-2C

Orbital Position: 28° E
Manufacturer: Hughes Satellite Systems (Boeing CSS)
Launch date: 16 June 2001
Launch Operator: International Launch Services (ILS)
Launch vehicle: Proton
Expected life time: 15 years
 

NSS-7

Orbital Position: 20° W
Manufacturer: Lockheed Martin Space Systems
Launch date: 16 Apr 2002
Launch Operator: Arianespace S.A.
Launch vehicle: Ariane 44L
Expected life time: 15 years
 

NSS-6

Orbital Position: 95° E
Manufacturer: Lockheed Martin Space Systems
Launch date: 17 Dec 2002
Launch Operator: Arianespace S.A.
Launch vehicle: Ariane 44L
Expected life time: 15 years
 

AMC-9 (GE-12)

Orbital Position: 83° W
Manufacturer: Alcatel Space (Thales Alenia Space)
Launch date: 07 June 2003
Launch Operator: International Launch Services (ILS)
Launch vehicle: Proton
Expected life time: 15 years
 

AMC-10 (GE-10)

Orbital Position: 135° W
Manufacturer: Lockheed Martin Space Systems
Launch date: 05 Feb 2004
Launch Operator: Lockheed Martin (ULA)
Launch vehicle: Atlas IIAS
Expected life time: 15 years
 

AMC-11 (GE-11)

Orbital Position: 131° W
Manufacturer: Lockheed Martin Space Systems 
Launch date: 19 May 2004
Launch Operator: Lockheed Martin (ULA)
Launch vehicle: Atlas IIAS
Expected life time: 15 years
 

NSS-10

Orbital Position: 38° W
Manufacturer: Alcatel Space (Thales Alenia Space)
Launch date: 03 Feb 2005
Launch Operator: International Launch Services (ILS)
Launch vehicle: Proton
Expected life time: 15 years
 

ASTRA-4A

Orbital Position: 5° E
Manufacturer: Lockheed Martin Space Systems
Launch date: 18 Nov 2007
Launch Operator: International Launch Services (ILS)
Launch vehicle: Proton
Expected life time: 15 years
 

AMC-21
 
Orbital Position: 125° W
Manufacturer: Thales Alenia Space
Launch date: 14 Aug 2008
Launch Operator: Arianespace S.A.
Launch vehicle: Ariane 5E
Expected life time: 15 years

Youtube: Watch the AMC-21 Satellite launch! 
 

ASTRA-1M

Orbital Position: 19° E
Manufacturer: EADS Astrium (Airbus Defense & Space)
Launch date: 09 Nov 2008
Launch Operator: International Launch Services (ILS)
Launch vehicle: Proton
Expected life time: 15 years

Youtube: Watch the ASTRA-1M Satellite launch!

NSS-9

Orbital Position: 177° W
Manufacturer: Orbital Sciences Corporation (Orbital ATK, Inc.)
Launch date: 12 Feb 2009
Launch Operator: Arianespace S.A.
Launch vehicle: Ariane 5
Expected life time: 15 years

Youtube: Watch the NSS-9 Satellite launch! 
 

SES-7 (ProtoStar II, Indostar-2, Galaxy-8iR, Cakrawarta-2)

Orbital Position: 108° E
Manufacturer: Hughes Satellite Systems (Boeing CSS)
Launch date: 16 May 2009
Launch Operator: International Launch Services (ILS)
Launch vehicle: Proton M
Expected life time: 15 years

Note: In 2008 Boeing Space was contracted by private held company ProtoStar for the ProtoStar II satellite. This satellite was originally planned for PanAmSat to built their Galaxy-8iR satellite but the contract was cancelled earlier in 2002. In 2009 ProtoStar filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy and the satellite was sold in an auction for 185m USD to SES WorldSkies.

Youtube: Watch the SES-7 / ProtoStar 2 Satellite launch! 

NSS-12

Orbital Position: 57° E
Manufacturer: Space Systems/Loral (SS/L)
Launch date: 29 Oct 2009
Launch Operator: Arianespace S.A.
Launch vehicle: Ariane 5
Expected life time: 15 years

Youtube: Watch the NSS-12 Satellite launch!

SES-1 (AMC-4R, AMC-5RR, OS-1)

Orbital Position: 101° W
Manufacturer: Orbital Sciences Corporation (Orbital ATK, Inc.)
Launch date: 24 Apr 2010
Launch Operator: International Launch Services (ILS)
Launch vehicle: Proton M
Expected life time: 17+ years
 

ASTRA-3B

Orbital Position: 24° E
Manufacturer: EADS Astrium (Airbus Defense & Space)
Launch date: 21 May 2010
Launch Operator: Arianespace S.A.
Launch vehicle: Ariane 5ECA
Expected life time: 15 years
 

YahSat-1A (Yahlive, Y1A)

Orbital Position: 53° E
Manufacturer: EADS Astrium (Airbus Defense & Space)
Launch date: 22 April 2011
Launch Operator: Arianespace S.A.
Launch vehicle: Ariane 5ECA
Expected life time: 15 years

Note: YahSat-1A is a joint venture between SES and Yahsat.
 

SES-3 (AMC-1R, OS-2)

Orbital Position: 103° W
Manufacturer: Orbital Sciences Corporation (Orbital ATK, Inc.)
Launch date: 15 July 2011
Launch Operator: International Launch Services (ILS)
Launch vehicle: Proton M
Expected life time: 15 years
 

ASTRA-1N

Orbital Position: 19° E
Manufacturer: EADS Astrium (Airbus Defense & Space)
Launch date: 06 Aug 2011
Launch Operator: Arianespace S.A.
Launch vehicle: Ariane 5ECA
Expected life time: 15 years
 

SES-2 (AMC-5R, AMC-26)

Orbital Position: 87° W
Manufacturer: Orbital Sciences Corporation (Orbital ATK, Inc.)
Launch date: 21 Sept 2011
Launch Operator: Arianespace S.A.
Launch vehicle: Ariane 5ECA
Expected life time: 15 years
 

QuetzSat-1



Orbital Position: 77° W
Manufacturer: Space Systems/Loral (SS/L)
Launch date: 29 Sept 2011
Launch Operator: International Launch Services (ILS)
Launch vehicle: Proton M
Expected lifetime: 15 years

Note: QuetzSat Srl. Mexico operates and SES Satellite Leasing Ltd. owns the QuetzSat-1 satellite. Echostar is leasing full capacity form SES.

YouTube: Watch the QuetzSat-1 Satellite launch

SES-4 (NSS-14)

Orbital Position: 22° W
Manufacturer: Space Systems/Loral (SS/L)
Launch date: 14 Feb 2012
Launch Operator: International Launch Services (ILS)
Launch vehicle: Proton M
Expected life time: 15+ years
 

SES-5 (Sirius-5, Astra-4B)

Orbital Position: 5° E
Manufacturer: Space Systems/Loral (SS/L)
Launch date: 09 July 2012
Launch Operator: International Launch Services (ILS)
Launch vehicle: Proton M
Expected life time: 15+ years

ASTRA-2F

Orbital Position: 28° E
Manufacturer: EADS Astrium (Airbus Defense & Space)
Launch date: 28 Sept 2012
Launch Operator: Arianespace S.A.
Launch vehicle: Ariane 5ECA
Expected life time: 15 years
 

SES-6

Orbital Position: 41° E
Manufacturer: EADS Astrium (Airbus Defense & Space)
Launch date: 03 June 2013
Launch Operator: International Launch Services (ILS)
Launch vehicle: Proton M
Expected life time: 15+ years

Youtube: Watch the SES-6 Satellite launch!

ASTRA-2E

Orbital Position: 28° E
Manufacturer: EADS Astrium (Airbus Defense & Space)
Launch date: 30 Sept 2013
Launch Operator: International Launch Services (ILS)
Launch vehicle: Proton
Expected life time: 15 years

Youtube: Watch the SES ASTRA-2E Satellite launch!

SES-8

Orbital Position: 95° E
Manufacturer: Orbital Sciences Corporation (Orbital ATK, Inc.)
Launch date: 03 Dec 2013
Launch Operator: SpaceX
Launch vehicle: Falcon 9
Expected life time: 15 years

Youtube: Watch the SES-8 Satellite launch!

ASTRA-5B

Orbital Position: 32° E
Manufacturer: Airbus Defense & Space
Launch date: 22 Mar 2014
Launch Operator: Arianespace S.A.
Launch vehicle: Ariane 5ECA
Expected life time: 15 years

Youtube: Watch the SES ASTRA-5B Satellite launch!

ASTRA-2G

Orbital Position: 28° E
Manufacturer: EADS Astrium (Airbus Defense & Space)
Launch date: 27 Dec 2014
Launch Operator: International Launch Services (ILS)
Launch vehicle: Proton
Expected life time: 15 years

Youtube: Watch the SES ASTRA-2G Satellite launch!

Monacosat (Turkmensat-1, Turkmenspace-1, TurkmenAlem-52E)

Orbital Position: 52° E
Manufacturer: Thales Alenia Space
Launch date: 27 April 2015
Launch Operator: SpaceX
Launch vehicle: Falcon 9
Expected life time: 15 years

Note: The Turkmen Ministry of Communications signed an agreement with Space Systems International-Monaco S.A.M. under which the Turkmen satellite will be stationed at the Monaco-registered 52° east position (also known as Monacosat-1) for its 15-year service life. SES has the rights to commercialise the entire MonacoSat payload of 12 Ku-band transponders on the TurkmenÄlem 52E satellite. The launch was scheduled for Nov 2014 and was postponed to Q1 2015.

YouTube: Watch the launch of the Falcon 9 rocket carrying the TurkmenAlem/Monacosat Satellite
 

SES-9

Orbital Position: 108° E
Manufacturer: Boeing Commercial Satellite Systems (BCSS)
Launch date: 5-Mar-2016
Launch Operator: SpaceX
Launch vehicle: Falcon 9
Expected life time: 15 years

Note: Co-located with SES-7. PT Telkom of Indonesia will lease capacity for connectivity to the Indonesian market.

Note: After a variety of problems delayed four previous launch attempts the Falcon 9 launch vehicle successfully launched the SES-9 satellite. Although an attempted landing of the rocket’s first stage on a ship was not successful, as expected. This was SpaceX 2nd launch for SES.

YouTube: Watch the SES-9 Satellite launch video!
 

SES-10

Orbital Position: 67° W
Manufacturer: Airbus Defense & Space
Launch date: Q1 2017
Launch Operator: SpaceX
Launch vehicle: Falcon 9
Expected life time: 15 years
 

SES-11

Orbital Position: 105° W
Manufacturer: Airbus Defense & Space
Launch date: Q1 2017
Launch Operator: SpaceX
Launch vehicle: Falcon 9
Expected life time: 15 years
 

SES-12

Orbital Position: 95° E
Manufacturer: Airbus Defense & Space
Launch date: Q4 2017
Launch Operator: Arianespace S.A.
Launch vehicle: TBD
Expected life time: 15 years
 

SES-14

Orbital Position: 47,5° W
Manufacturer: Airbus Defense & Space
Launch date: Q4 2017
Launch Operator: SpaceX
Launch vehicle: Falcon 9
Expected life time: 15 years

SES-15

Orbital Position: 108° E
Manufacturer: Boeing Commercial Satellite Systems (BCSS)
Launch date: Q2 2017 (estimate)
Launch Operator: Arianespace S.A.
Launch vehicle: Ariane 5
Expected life time: 15 years
 

SES-16/GovSat-1

Orbital Position: 21,5° E
Manufacturer: Oribital ATK, Inc.
Launch date: Q2 2017
Launch Operator: SpaceX
Launch vehicle: Falcon 9
Expected life time: 15 years

Note: 
GovSat-1 is a multi-mission satellite using dedicated military frequencies (X-band and military Ka-band) to provide high-powered and fully steerable spot beams for multiple government specific missions. The spacecraft will be operated by LuxGovSat, a new company jointly incorporated by SES and the Luxembourg Government.