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May 15th, 2017

SES-10 Successfully Shunts Into Full Operation

The LATAM region markets are now being served by SES' fully operational SES-10 satellite, which is slotted at 67 degrees West.

SES-10 was launched on March 30, 2017, from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida onboard a flight-proven SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. The satellite is the first geostationary commercial satellite ever launched on a flight-proven first-stage rocket booster. Since the launch, extensive on orbit tests have confirmed the flawless functioning of the spacecraft.

Artistic rendition of the SES-10 satellite. Image is courtesy of SES.

SES-10 was built by Airbus Defence and Space and is based on the Eurostar E3000 platform. The multi-mission spacecraft is the first SES satellite dedicated to providing service to LATAM and has a Ku-band payload of 55 36MHz transponder equivalents, of which 27 are incremental. SES-10's high-powered beams will augment SES’s capabilities across the region and will provide direct-to-home broadcasting, enterprise and mobility services to Mexico, Central America, South America and the Caribbean.

Pursuant to an agreement with the Andean Community (Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru), the satellite will operate as the Andean Community’s Simón Bolivar 2, providing satellite capacity for each Andean Member State. The Andean satellite project came from the shared Member States’ interest in having a common satellite network to take advantage of the Andean spectrum resources at 67 degrees West.