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NSS 12

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 57 East Longitude over the Indian Ocean Region. Based on SS/L's highly reliable and space-proven SSL-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.

Completed in 2009, NSS-12 is designed to have a lifespan of more than 15 years.

Nation: Netherlands
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
Configuration: SSL-1300
Propulsion: R-4D, 4 × SPT-100 plasma thrusters
Power: 2 deployable solar arrays, batteries
Lifetime: 15 years
Mass: 5620 kg
Orbit: GEO
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
NSS 12 2009-058A 29.10.2009 Ko ELA-3 Ariane-5ECA with Thor 6


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