January 25th, 2010
SES WORLD SKIES It's All A Matter Of Degrees When It Comes To New Sat Names
SES-1 is set for launch in the spring of 2010 and will replace AMC-2 and AMC-4 at the 101 degrees West orbital slot. Further information on launch dates and slots for SES-2 and SES-3 will be published shortly.
NSS-14, currently under construction with Space Systems/Loral and scheduled for launch in Q1 2011, has been renamed SES-4. It will replace NSS-7 and provide incremental capacity over the Atlantic Ocean with comprehensive coverage of the Americas, Europe, Africa and the Middle East. NSS-7 will then move to replace NSS-5 at 340 degrees East.
The C-band payload of the SIRIUS 5 spacecraft, also under construction with Space Systems/Loral and scheduled for launch in Q4 2011, will be named SES-5 and reside together with the Ku-band payload of SIRIUS 5 at 5 degrees East.
The NSS-806 replacement satellite, under negotiation with vendors, will be named SES-6.
Finally, upon closing of the Protostar-2 acquisition announced late last year, the satellite will be fully integrated into SES WORLD SKIES global fleet and renamed following the same “SES” satellite naming nomenclature.