SES-6 at 40.5° West
|Manufacturer:||Airbus Defense & Space|
|Launch vehicle:||Proton M/Breeze|
|Expected lifetime:||15 Years|
SES-6 will offer 50% more C-Band capacity for the cable community, and retain the unique capability to distribute content between the Americas and Europe on the same high-powered beam. In addition, SES-6 satellite will offer a substantial upgrade to Ku-Band capacity in the region with dedicated high-power beams over Brazil, South cone, the Andean region, North America, Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean, while also offering an innovative payload to support mobile maritime and aeronautical services on the highly demanded routes from North America, the Gulf of Mexico, across the north Atlantic and to Europe.
The new SES-6 satellite, which is nearly twice as large as NSS-806, will have a total of five steerable Ku-band beams, including four beams for the Americas and one beam covering the Atlantic ocean region.
With 43 C-Band and 48 Ku-Band 36 MHz equivalent transponders (38 C-Band and 36 Ku-Band physical transponders) the almost 6,000kgs satellite was launched on June 3rd, 2013, on a Proton M launch vehicle, operated by launch operator ILS. The satellite has a design life of 15 years and was built on the Airbus Eurostar-3000 bus.