Space Systems/Loral-built satellite begins post-launch maneuvers
Jul 11, 2012 (TELECOMWORLDWIRE via COMTEX) --
Commercial satellite provider Space Systems/Loral (NASDAQ: LORL) said that its SES-5 satellite, designed and built for SES, was launched and is successfully performing post-launch maneuvers according to plan.
The satellite deployed its solar arrays on schedule following its launch aboard a Proton Breeze M vehicle provided by International Launch Services from the Baikonur Space Center in Kazakhstan. The satellite will begin firing its main thruster later TODAY in order to start maneuvering into geosynchronous orbit.
SES-5 is a complex, multi-mission satellite that will provide service in four frequency bands to Europe and Africa. It includes an L-band payload for the European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service (EGNOS), which is an example of SS/L's experience in integrating government and institutional payloads on commercial spacecraft.
SES-5 will be positioned at 5 degrees East longitude where it will deliver high performance Direct-to-Home services, broadband, maritime communications, GSM backhaul, and VSAT applications in Europe and Africa. The EGNOS navigation payload, which was built based on requirements from the European Commission, will augment existing satellite positioning services, and enable global users to benefit from expanded navigation signals, particularly for safety critical aviation and maritime applications.
SES-5 has 36 active Ku-band transponders and two Ku-band beams, one serving customers in the Nordic and Baltic countries and the other serving Sub-Saharan Africa. It also has two C-band beams, one with global coverage and one with hemispheric coverage, which can be operated with up to 24 active C-band transponders. The satellite also provides Ka-band uplink capability, allowing for flexible operations between Europe and Africa. It is based on SS/L's highly reliable 1300 platform, which is well-suited for multi-mission satellites because of its size and high power capability. With this launch, there are 71 SS/L-built satellites currently on orbit.
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