EchoStar Corp. (NASDAQ: SATS), SES and Airbus Defence and Space released the information that the new EchoStar-105/SES-11 spacecraft, built by Airbus, has been shipped from the Airbus facilities in Toulouse, France, to Cape Canaveral, Florida, for the forthcoming launch by SpaceX in October.
The first satellite that EchoStar has constructed with manufacturer Airbus, EchoStar-105/SES-11 will be launched by SpaceX on a flight-proven Falcon 9 rocket from Launch Complex 39A at Kennedy Space Center, Florida.
EchoStar-105/SES-11, a high-powered hybrid Ku- and C-band communications satellite, is a dual-mission satellite for U.S.-based operator EchoStar and Luxembourg-based operator SES. EchoStar-105/SES-11 provides EchoStar with 24 Ku-band transponders of 36 MHz, marketed as EchoStar 105 — SES is provided with a C-band payload of 24 transponders, marketed under the name SES-11. EchoStar-105/SES-11 replaces Ku-band capacity for AMC-15 and C-band capacity for AMC-18 at the SES well-established 105 degrees West orbital slot.
EchoStar-105 was tailored to meet the Ku-band capacity needs of EchoStar's enterprise, media and broadcast, and U.S. government service provider customers, offering coverage of the 50 U.S. states and expanded reach to the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean.
SES-11, designed to accelerate the development of the SES U.S. prime video neighborhood and optimized for digital television delivery, joins SES-1 and SES-3 at the center of SES's robust North American orbital arc, which reaches more than a hundred million TV homes. The satellite also replaces the AMC-18's C-band capacity, which SES offers over North America, including Hawaii, Mexico and the Caribbean, empowering businesses and governments to capture new opportunities and expand their reach.
EchoStar 105/SES-11 is the 47th satellite based on the highly reliable Airbus Eurostar E3000 platform and will have a launch mass of 5,200 kg and spacecraft power of 12 kW.