SES-9 at 108.2° East
|Launch vehicle:||Falcon 9|
|Expected lifetime:||15+ Years|
In October 2012 satellite manufacturer Boeing was selected by SES for the construction of a new communications satellite, SES-9, to provide Ku-band DTH and maritime communications services.
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.
SES-9 is the 11th spacecraft that SES has ordered from Boeing and the contract includes an option for an additional satellite.
The satellite was launched on March 4th, 2016, on a SpaceX Falcon-9 v1.2 booster.