NSS 12 [SSL]
Space Systems/Loral (SS/L) announced in May 2007 that it has been awarded a contract to manufacture a new spacecraft for, SES NEW SKIES, a subsidiary of SES Global. NSS-12 will be used to enable communications services for telecommunications providers, broadcasters, corporations, and governments in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, India and other parts of Asia.
NSS-12 is the first satellite contract that SES NEW SKIES has awarded to SS/L. The spacecraft is a state-of-the-art, hybrid C- and Ku-band satellite that will be located at 57º East Longitude over the Indian Ocean Region. Based on SS/L's highly reliable and space-proven LS-1300 spacecraft, it will be equipped with 40 C-band and 48 Ku-band active high-power transponders (36 MHz equivalents) to help maintain and increase the capability of the company's worldwide satellite communications network.
Planned for completion in 2009, NSS-12 is designed to have a lifespan of more than 15 years.
|Type / Application:||Communication|
|Operator:||SES New Skies|
|Contractors:||Space Systems/Loral (SS/L)|
|Equipment:||40 C-band and 48 Ku-band active high-power transponders|
|Propulsion:||R-4D, 4 SPT-100 plasma thrusters|
|Power:||2 deployable solar arrays, batteries|
|NSS 12||29.10.2009||Ko ELA-3||Ariane-5ECA||with Thor 6|