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SES World Skies announced in February 2011 that it has commissioned the SES-8 spacecraft from Orbital Sciences Corporation for a launch in the first quarter of 2013.

SES-8 will feature 33 high-power Ku-band (36 MHz-equivalent) transponders and will be co-positioned with the NSS-6 satellite at the orbital location of 95° East. SES-8 is a medium-sized satellite with beams focused on South Asia (India) and Indo-China (Thailand, Vietnam, Laos) to support existing DTH customers with back-up and growth transponder capacity. The spacecraft will be built on Orbital’s flight-proven STAR spacecraft platform and will generate approximately 5.0 kilowatts of payload power.

Nation: USA
Type / Application: Communication
Operator: SES World Skies
Contractors: Orbital Sciences Corporation (OSC)
Equipment: 33 Ku-band transponders
Configuration: GeoStar-2.4 Bus
Propulsion: IHI BT-4
Power: 2 solar arrays (5 kW)
Lifetime: 15 years (fueled for >16 years)
Mass: 3170 kg
Orbit: GEO
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
SES 8 2013-071A 03.12.2013 CC SLC-40 Falcon-9 v1.1


Further SES missions: