The SES S.A. SES-8 satellite, which arrived last month vat the Kennedy Space Centre in Cape Canaveral, Florida, is due to launch today, November 25. The satellite will be processed on board a SpaceX Falcon 9 booster.
SES-8 has been manufactured by Orbital Sciences Corporation. The satellite features up to 33 Ku-band transponders (36 MHz equivalent). SES-8 will be co-located with NSS-6 at the orbital location of 95 degrees East to provide growth capacity over Asia-Pacific. The spacecraft’s high performance beams will support the rapidly growing markets in South Asia and Indo-China, as well as provide expansion capacity for DTH, VSAT and government applications.
“SES looks forward to the maiden launch of an SES satellite on board the Falcon 9 rocket operated by SpaceX,” says Martin Halliwell, Chief Technology Officer of SES. “When co-located with NSS-6 at 95 degrees East, SES-8 will not only provide incremental high performance capacity for multiple applications, it will also create greater reliability and additional security for customers. As such, the SES-8 satellite is an integral part of SES’ growing presence in Asia-Pacific.”