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August 7th, 2017

SES Says Encore as They Re-Use SpaceX's Falcon 9 to Launch EchoStar 105

Artist’s concept of the SES 11/EchoStar 105 satellite. 
Credit: Airbus Defense and Space

SES will be re-using SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket soon as they prepare to launch EchoStar 105.

SES will launch a hybrid television broadcasting satellite owned in partnership with EchoStar on a Falcon 9 rocket that was previously-used. This will be SpaceX's third time that they have re-used their rocket to send off a client's satellite.

The launch of the SES 11 spacecraft, or EchoStar 105, will take place in Florida's Space Coast. The SES 11/EchoStar 105 satellite will weigh approximately 11,900 pounds (5,400 kilograms) at launch.

EchoStar Satellite Services' 24 Ku-band transponders aboard the satellite will replace the digital network capacity the company currently leases on the AMC 15 satellite owned by SES. SES's half of the satellite will operate the craft’s C-band transponders for video and data distribution services.