SES-12 Ku-band satellite launches on a SpaceX Falcon 9

SES-12 Roars into Space On-Board SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket (Photo: Business Wire).
SES-12 roars into space on-board a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket (Photo: Business Wire).

SES has announced that the SES-12 Ku-band satellite has been successfully launched onboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral in Florida, United States.

SES-12, which is designed with both wide and high-throughput (HTS) Ku-band beams, will join SES-8 at 95 degrees East to meet the needs of video, fixed data, mobility and government customers across Asia-Pacific and the Middle East.

SES-12 is the latest satellite that SES has launched to that orbital position where it will operate under the authority of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. It will replace and augment the services currently being provided on the SES NSS-6 satellite.

Like SES-14 and SES-15, which serve the Americas, the SES-12 high throughput payload is SES solution for enhancing connectivity in the aeronautical and maritime segments across Asia-Pacific and the Middle East.

Martin Halliwell, Chief Technology Officer at SES said, “More content. More immersive viewing experience. Blazing internet speeds. Reliable cell coverage. All of these dynamic customer requirements can now be met with the successful launch of SES-12, which will provide incremental high-performance capacity and offer greater reliability and flexibility to our customers.”

With six wide beams and 72 high throughput user Ku-band spot beams, SES-12 is one of the largest geostationary satellites that SES has ever launched. The spacecraft also has a Digital Transparent Processor (DTP) that increases payload flexibility to provide much more customisable bandwidth solutions to SES’s customers.

The all-electric SES-12 spacecraft was built by Airbus Defence and Space and will rely on electric propulsion for orbit raising and subsequent in-orbit manoeuvres.

SES-12 will join SES’ network of seven geostationary satellites and 16 MEO satellites across Asia-Pacific and the Middle East.

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