Satellite operators SES and EchoStar will expand their existing partnership with the launch of a new satellite at the orbital position of 105 degrees West.
The satellite, which will be known as SES-11 satellite and EchoStar 105, will be launched into space in Q4 2016 and will service the fixed satellite services market, including broadcast, in North America.
SES-11 will be manufactured by Airbus Defence and Space based on the Eurostar E3000 platform.
SES-11 will carry 24 Ku-band transponders as well as 24 C-band transponders (36 MHz equivalent).The spacecraft will have a separated mass of about 5,400 kg and an end of life budget for the payloads of about 12 kW.
The spacecraft’s Ku-band capacity will replace the existing SES satellite AMC-15 at 105 degrees West, an orbital position where Echostar has been SES’s anchor customer since 2006. The spacecraft’s C-band capacity will also allow SES to provide replacement capacity for AMC-18 at 105 degrees West.
“The market for 50-state transponder capacity in North America has demonstrated significant growth for EchoStar Satellite Services over the past five years - the acquisition of EchoStar 105 renews our commitment to the fixed satellite services market in North America,” said Anders Johnson, president, EchoStar Satellite Services.
“The replacement of AMC-15, with the increased capability offered by EchoStar 105, will allow us to meet the evolving demand from our customers for enterprise, broadcast, and government services applications. We are pleased to work with Airbus Defence and Space to provide our customers with new, high power satellite capacity at this established orbital slot.”
Martin Halliwell, CTO of SES, added: “SES-11 is the 6th large satellite contract with our longstanding partner EchoStar. The new spacecraft will offer comprehensive coverage of the Americas, including Hawaii, Mexico, and the Caribbean, from a well-established orbital position. Together with EchoStar we look forward to a successful mission in collaboration with our reliable industry partner Airbus Defence.”