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Breaking News : LAUNCH SUCCESS FOR SES-8 SATELLITE ON BOARD SPACEX/FALCON 9
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55 SES satellite to serve Asia Cape Canaveral, Florida, December 03 , 2013 – SES S.A. (NYSE Euronext Paris and
Luxembourg Stock Exchange: SESG)
announces that the SES-8 satellite was
successfully launched into space at 17:41 EST
(23:41 CET) from the Kennedy Space Center
at Cape Canaveral. A Falcon 9 booster operated by SpaceX successfully injected the SES-8 satellite into
geostationary transfer orbit, 31 minutes after lift-
off, in what was SES’s maiden use of a SpaceX/
Falcon 9 rocket. SES has three more SpaceX/Falcon
9 boosters under contract. SES-8 was manufactured by Orbital Sciences
Corporation. The satellite features up to 33 Ku-
band transponders (36 MHz equivalent). SES-8 is
authorized by The Netherlands and will be co-
located with NSS-6 at the orbital location of 95
degrees East to provide growth capacity over Asia-Pacific. The spacecraft’s high performance
beams will support the rapidly growing markets
in South Asia and Indo-China, as well as provide
expansion capacity for DTH, VSAT and
government applications. Romain Bausch, President and CEO of SES, stated:
“SES’s maiden launch on board a Falcon 9 rocket
is yet another example of our company’s spirit of
innovation and advancement of the commercial
space industry. We congratulate the SpaceX team
for the success of a challenging launch campaign and our longstanding supplier Orbital for
innovating with us in exploring new paths to
orbit while delivering a brand-new, state-of-the-
art satellite for Asia. Our customers are looking
forward to the new capacity, and we are
delighted that SES, in collaboration with SpaceX and Orbital, is all set to deliver following today’s
successful launch. Through the co-location with
NSS-6 at 95 degrees East, SES-8 will not only
provide incremental high performance capacity,
notably for DTH services, it will also create greater
reliability and additional security for customers. The SES-8 satellite will significantly contribute to
SES’s growing presence in Asia-Pacific.” “Today’s successful insertion of the SES-8 satellite
marks SpaceX’s first geo-synchronous transfer
mission and confirms the Falcon 9 launch vehicle
lives up to the industry’s highest performance
standards,” said Elon Musk, CEO and Chief
Designer of SpaceX. “As always, SpaceX remains committed to delivering the safest, most reliable
launch vehicles on the market today. We
appreciate SES’s early confidence in SpaceX and
look forward to launching additional SES satellites
in the years to come.”
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