SES-9 at 108.2° East
The new satellite, that was ordered through SES’ affiliate company SES Satellite Leasing Ltd, expands SES’ capabilities to provide DTH broadcasting and other communications services in North-East Asia, South Asia and Indonesia, as well as maritime communications for vessels in the Indian Ocean.
The spacecraft is positioned at the orbital slot of 108.2 ° East and provides incremental as well as replacement capacity to this well-established SES slot over Asia, where it is co-located with the existing SES-7 and will replace the aging NSS-11 satellite.
SES-9 was built in Boeing’s El Segundo Satellite Development Center based on the Boeing 702HP platform. The satellite is designed to operate for 15 years in geosynchronous orbit with a 12.7kW payload and 57 high-power Ku-band transponders (equivalent to 81 × 36 MHz transponders). The spacecraft carries a xenon ion propulsion system (XIPS) for all on-orbit maneuvering and a chemical bi-propellant system for initial orbit raising.
The satellite was launched on March 4th, 2016, on a SpaceX Falcon-9 v1.2 booster.