SES-10 at 67° West
|Manufacturer:||Airbus Defense & Space|
|Launch vehicle:||Falcon 9|
|Expected lifetime:||15+ Years|
In February 2014 SES satellite operator ordered the SES-10 satellite to expand SES’s capabilities in Latin America and the Caribbean through high power beams tailored to provide DTH broadcasting, enterprise and broadband connectivity services in the entire region.
SES-10’s comprehensive coverage includes Mexico, Central America and South America, as well as the Caribbean. The satellite is positioned at the 67° West orbital position, pursuant to an agreement between the Andean Community (Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru) and SES, which provides for use of the Andean Community’s Simon Bolivar 2 satellite network. The specifically designed beam of SES-10 over the Andean Community Member States, combined with its optimum elevation angle, represents a unique proposition for telecommunications operators, broadcasters and service providers for the Andean countries.
With 50 high-power Ku-band transponders, the satellite will provide replacement capacity for the current satellites, AMC-3 and AMC-4, as well as incremental capacity at the 67° West slot. SES has been providing key services to customers in the region from this orbital slot since 2010. SES-10 was built by Airbus Defense & Space based on their Eurostar-3000 platform.
The satellite is designed to operate for 15 years in geosynchronous orbit, utilizing an electric plasma propulsion system for on-orbit manoeuvres and a chemical system for initial orbit raising and some on-orbit manoeuvres. SES-10 will have an electrical power of 13 kW and its launch mass on Falcon-9 is expected to be about 5,300 kilograms.
SES-10 was launched on March 30th, 2017 on a re-used Falcon 9 booster rocket operated by launch operator SpaceX from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, USA.